Almost Real

hardware:   NeXT machine
software:   cmix, rt

One of my discouragements has been an observation of how academic trends take shape and become 'hegemonized'. I guess I gots the meme-formation blues... Anyhow, maybe it's just sour grapes on my part (and I don't really have much to complain about!), but if you consult most of the computer-music research articles on "style modeling" or "performance modeling" you will find a fair amount about how to imitate Mozart or Bach or how to get a virtual piano-player to play Chopin with more feeling, but precious little about music outside the western classical canon.

Yikes! There's a whole world of music out there! Things are changing a little, with new research into real-time style adaptation, etc. but I'm sad that there hasn't been much more work done into non-notated traditions. Computers can do that stuff, you know.

I could continue here in a they-laughed-at-me-at-the-Academy! vein, but I don't know what the point of that would be. Maybe to give the one or two people who stumble across these web pages something funny to read. I'm also a little surprised at the personal observations I'm throwing into these commentary pages. I wonder why?

The LISP code I used to create this piece can be downloaded here.