Composition: Pure Data as a Meta-Compositional Instrument by Michael Barkl

By Michael Barkl

The purpose of ?Composition: natural facts as a Meta-Compositional software? used to be to compose a folio of unique digital items that used Miller Puckette?s open resource software natural facts (Pd) as a ?meta-compositional instrument?: that's, as a automobile for documenting the artistic technique in a graphical means as one of those analytical notation. The items prolonged and explored inventive features of my prior compositional learn into binary methods, symmetry, and complementary pairs, utilizing basically sine tone frequencies in line with the better partials of sub-audio basics. It used to be proven composition in Pd can explicitly show its personal building and interrelation of compositional parts, offering one of those descriptive research of the paintings. additionally, Pd was once proven to be appropriate for big scale, multi-sectional tasks.

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Creative Arts: 2006 Postgraduate Course Guide: 16. 38 See Barknecht 2004, 5 March 00:24:09 CET. at/mailinglists/pd-list>. 39 See Agus 2004, 4 March 22:50:17 CET. The issues are, in fact, a little more complex than outlined above. One of Agus’s principal concerns, for example, is that software is unlikely to be maintained for its whole life by the original author, and conventions allow later engineers to understand new code more quickly (Agus 2004). 3 Approach The approach to this project is creative.

4 Originality The project is original in the sense that the compositions are original. However, three aspects are worth considering in this context: 1. The use of “standard” Pd (as distinct from “extended” Pd) 2. The use of sine tones and higher partials (harmonics) 3. The application of Agus’s conventions Firstly, the use of the “standard”41 version of Pd is not original in itself. Rather, it represents a particular value system and point of view of the composer (as discussed previously). Secondly, the use of sine tones and higher harmonics is also not original in itself, but it does represent a particular aesthetic held by the composer.

This is one instance where, in effect, Agus’s convention would have obscured clarity. If the three criteria were fixed, a [loadbang] on each oscillator would have been sufficient, with a [bang) to start. 71 70 See, for example Benson, Calum, Adam Elman, Seth Nickell and Colin Z Robertson. ” IBM. ” KDE. org/documentation/standards/kde/style/basics/>. See also Barknecht (2006: 117118) for examples of sophisticated GUIs developed in Pd. 71 From the point of view of this project, it is important not to fall into the trap identified by Barknecht: “…in my newer patches, there still are messy things, but those are in ‘unimportant’ areas.

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