Almost Real program notes "Almost Real" is performed by the virtual Irish folk band living inside my NeXT machine at home. The virtual folk band came into existence as a set of rules (coded as LISP functions) designed to mimic human performace. The rules ranged from "physical" constraints (it takes a certain amount of time for a human to move his/her hand from one position to another) to "meta" rules governing overall harmonic motion and ensemble characteristics. It seems somewhat odd for me to claim that I "composed" this piece, because in a very real sense I had little to do with the actual note-by-note decisions. I created the music by invoking the program ("piece-o-matic"), letting it crank out a number of sound chunks -- perhaps tweaking a few of the rules between cranks -- and then pasting together the ones I liked. I hope you like 'em, too.