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Cybernetic Principles and Sonic Ecosystems

The theoretical basis for the installation Oscilloscope is discussed in this paper along with a description of the applications of these ideas in the practical implementa-tion of the work. It is argued that, despite the different idioms these practitioners work in, there are conceptual commonalities in the generative music of Brian Eno and the musical ecosystems of Agostino Di Scipio. Both these artists’ work is influenced by principles of cybernetics, in particular the notion of emergence where the composer’s role is not on designing outcomes but on designing sys-tems whose component interactions produce desirable outcomes. These ideas are also applied in the design of Oscilloscope, demonstrating how a system that is rela-tively simple technologically and with fairly trivial sonic and visual material can be tuned to produce interactions that generate complex results that provide a rich, engag-ing experience for the viewer. In addition, this discussion critiques the notion of interactivity in electronic music.

Author(s):

Adam Collis     web site
School of Media and Performing Arts
Coventry University
United Kingdom

Daren Pickles    
School of Media and Performing Arts
Coventry University
United Kingdom

 

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