Jun 2011

Livecoding is like gardening

Just ran into this interesting article by Brian Eno. It struck me as quite a fair representation of what livecoders do most of the time, when they create (maybe I should say 'sculpt') musical structures that evolve in time, as part of their performance:

It’s intuitive to think that anything complex has to be made by something more complex, but evolution theory says that complexity arises out of simplicity. That’s a bottom-up picture. I like that idea as a compositional idea, that you can set in place certain conditions and let them grow. It makes composing more like gardening than architecture

It's from http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct05/articles/brianeno.htm.

Here is one of the songs from the album Eno is talking about in that article, Another Day on Earth.

Cite this blog post:

Michele Pasin. Livecoding is like gardening. Blog post on www.michelepasin.org. Published on June 29, 2011.


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