The Mathematical Artist / Algorithmic Creators Let Loose
This topic is not quite the same as an earlier thread that apps are my robotic partners. In that thread I was thinking more about robots doing the heavy lifting according to my wishes. But as I continue along generating full arrangements from a piano or drum track I am realizing more and more that the algorithmic choices a lot of apps make when applying themselves to prerecorded
MIDI are often better ( or more surprising) than I would have come up with myself.
It is particularly noticeable to me when a MIDI drum track is the basis. In this case tonal values are assigned to sounds that are often non tonal. I have no idea how this happens, but it greatly influences how I construct a track. Rather than traditional composing, it is more like “found art”. I assign a voice, there is a musical result, and I select the pieces that work for me. In this way making music becomes more like sculpture, as I slowly chip away the parts that don’t work. In my iOS beginnings I was more of a traditionalist, creating individual tracks one at a time. But, like using a touch screen is more fun, so is getting a musical package delivered and slowly unwrapping it.
I probably will return to making individual tracks, even as I now routinely add an improvised lead line over the MIDI generated arrangement. But turning a piano recording into a guitar solo and its ilk will always be in my mind as an option.
How do you think this compares to randomly generated patterns and might they be my next stop?