Computer Assisted Improvisation 0.1


Below is a collection of improvisations based on a very simple patch I made (built in MaxMSP) that gives instructions to each performer in the form of a single line of text, at various times (decided by the patch).

The recordings are very much live samples; recorded in an untreated room with a single mic, but give an idea of the progression of the concept.

Further below you can see the instructions given to each performer and the length of each instruction.


9pm Wednesday 16th of April, 2014
UCI, Klubhouse, Irvine, CA

Paul Sinclair : Clarinet
Richard Savery : Alto Sax
Juan Rubio : Drums

Below is the length of each phrase in seconds (eg 19 = 19 secs), followed by instructions for each performer.  When no new instruction the last instruction carries over.  At this stage the decisions made by the computer are almost totally random.

19
drum allegro: cheerful or brisk – but commonly interpreted as lively fast
paul Groove Jive-Ass-Mother-Fucker
me amabile: amiable pleasant

6
drum symbol Obnoxious
paul symbol Listen
me accelerando – accelerating – gradually increasing the tempo

43
drum bellicoso: warlike – aggressive
paul symbol Obnoxious
me Groove Jive-Ass-Mother-Fucker

51
drum acceso: ignited on fire
paul agitato: agitated

6
drum Totally Change it Up
paul symbol Polite
me Something very obvious

6
drum symbol Listen
paul Listen only to 1
me agitato: agitated

30
drum symbol Polite
paul accelerando – accelerating – gradually increasing the tempo
me a cappella: in the manner of singing in a chapel

39
drum Groove Jive-Ass-Mother-Fucker
paul allegro: cheerful or brisk – but commonly interpreted as lively fast
me symbol Obnoxious

51
drum Listen only to 1
paul a cappella: in the manner of singing in a chapel
me acceso: ignited on fire

41
drum amabile: amiable pleasant
paul Something very obvious
me Listen only to 1

59
drum agitato: agitated
paul Totally Change it Up
me Totally Change it Up

41
drum Something very obvious
me symbol Listen

22
accelerando – accelerating – gradually increasing the tempo
bellicoso: warlike – aggressive
bellicoso: warlike – aggressive

44
paul amabile: amiable pleasant
me allegro: cheerful or brisk – but commonly interpreted as lively fast

32
drum a cappella: in the manner of singing in a chapel
paul acceso: ignited on fire
me symbol Polite

 

9pm Saturday 12th of April, 2014
UCI, MoCap, Irvine, CA

Paul Sinclair : Clarinet
Richard Savery : Flute

For this improvisation I used the words from Auf dem Fliegenplaneten by Christian Morgenstern.   The patch randomly rearranged them, at random times.  The rearranged version is below.

near death in vapid beer
they will not bake us in muffins
the fly does there unto him.
the humans there adhere
However- one practice of humans
for what he does here to the housefly
To paper with honey cover
while others are doomed to hover
the fate of the human is grim
Upon the housefly planet
the flies will not undertake
nor swallow us by mistake.
nor swallow us by mistake.
the fly does there unto him.
they will not bake us in muffins

 

9pm Wednesday 30th of April, 2014
UCI, Klubhouse, Irvine, CA

Paul Sinclair : Clarinet
Richard Savery : Bari Sax/Flute
Shih-wei Willie Wu : Taiko/Shakuhachi

Uses the same program as the session on the 16th of April.  The patch delivers instructions for each performer.  At this stage the decisions made by the computer are almost totally random and based off a selection (about 150) of different phrases.

 

9pm Wednesday 21st of May, 2014
UCI, Klubhouse, Irvine, CA

Paul Sinclair : Clarinet
Richard Savery : Bari Sax/Flute
Martim Galvao : Drums

Uses the same program as the session on the 16th of April.  The patch delivers instructions for each performer.  At this stage the decisions made by the computer are almost totally random and based off a selection (about 150) of different phrases.

 

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