by Jim Horton

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THIS MUSIC is in the tradition of process music. It is without necessary beginnings, middles, or ends. All of the pieces originally functioned as ambient music for my own enjoyment. I wrote computer programs embodying several musical ideas and played them by adjusting parameters in real time. I call this “cooperative playing with semi-autonomous musical processes.” On the following days and weeks I often spent an hour or so exploring the piece’s parameter space and then let the program play its music for several hours as I read, engaged in conversation, or did other things. After a while this music became attuned to an aspect of my taste as an experimental listener as it was in the early 1990s. Of course there is no reason why these pieces can’t be listened to with close attention, as well as heard as experimental background sound. When the programs are running autonomously, slightly beyond my comprehension, playing music I probably wouldn’t have thought of left to my own devices, I like to imagine they are precursors to uplifting, slightly alien musical A.I.s of the twenty-first century. Oh, how I hope and wish that contemporary cyber-culture will lead to a beautiful compassionate world of Good!


released February 28, 1996

Produced by John Bischoff and Larry Polansky
Master tape edited and assembled by Tom Erbe at California Institute of the Arts

Design by Michael Sumner


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