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Making Music with Computers by Andrew R. Brown, Bill Manaris

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Chapter 6

Randomness and Choices

Topics: Randomness and creativity, Mozart, indeterminism, serialism, Python random functions, stochastic music, Iannis Xenakis, probabilities, wind chimes, melody generator, selection, Python if statement, flipping a coin, Russian roulette, throwing dice, realistic drums, relational and logical operators, generative music.

6.1 Overview

Creative acts start with a flash of inspiration—a new idea, a new something—which gets channeled through our knowledge, experiences, and aesthetics to be transformed (hopefully) into something structured yet appealing and that is inspiring to others. In a way, creativity is perhaps the act of taking untamed, open possibilities and shaping them into an artifact (e.g., a poem, a ...

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