Some Ontological Remarks about Music Composition Processes

Vaggione, Horacio

2001

Computer Music Journal 25(1): 54-61.

Language: English

This article addresses the difficulty of defining music, through the context of the function and use of the computer in musical creation. It examines how using computers drives musical activity to an expansion of its formal categories. It discusses the idea that a musical process is a complex system involving a plurality of layers of operations of diverse kinds. Musical processes can be produced using formal tools (algorithms) as generative and transformative devices, yet other compositional instances call for strategies relying on interaction in order to control and qualify results and choices.