ASA 124th Meeting New Orleans 1992 October

4aMU6. Chaotic systems as generators of musical raw materials.

Rick Bidlack

Banff Ctr. for the Arts, Media Arts, Box 1020, Banff, AB T0L 0C0, Canada

Many of the features of nonlinear dynamical systems that are intriguing from a mathematical and scientific point of view, especially the affinity such systems have with the behavior of natural phenomena, are likewise suggestive of musical qualities. A variety of musical textures may be elicited from chaotic systems, some quite novel, while others are evocative of historically established practices. Typical is a kind of continuous variation form, in which motivic materials are spun out within a constantly evolving context. Four well-known chaotic systems are discussed in terms of the quality of the musical raw materials they generate, as well as basic techniques for mapping their orbits into musical parameter space.