Lexikon Sonate

July 17, 2006 12:20 PM

A short piano piece in the style of Stockhausen/Webern generated algorithmically by the excellent (and free) Lexikon-Sonate v. 3.1 music generator. Five well-deserved stars on Versiontracker. NB there is no way to write to file so you have to use a utility like Audio Hijack to capture the output. Written using the Max/MSP graphical audio environment, which is also lots of fun to play around with.

posted by unSane (3 comments total)

I like it a lot, unSane. Angular, engaging, slightly eerie, great use of space. That review in your first link is dead-on. Appears to just use piano sounds, but I'm curious to see how much variety is possible in these on-the-fly compositions. In other words, I'd listen to more if you have them. :)
posted by mediareport at 10:07 PM on July 17, 2006

There is a lot of variety possible, but mainly within the Stockhausen/Webern space. There are basically a whole set of different compositional generators (rhythm, note, dynamics) which can be layered and interact with each other.

There is a browser-based version of it here which you can play with: it's not as good as the OS X version but you get the idea. Try selecting three of the generators at a time to start off.
posted by unSane at 7:25 AM on July 18, 2006

This reminds me of something Mr. Rogers perfomed on his show. Jazz based. That's a good thing. Cool.
posted by snsranch at 9:01 PM on July 18, 2006

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