Drone-o-matic automatic composition for all

Drone-o-maticâ„¢ Instructions for Use:

  1. Pick your drones from the players below: each player plays a viola drone of a different pitch for about 30 seconds. You can play as many or as few as you want; stop and start them as you please.
  2. Congratulations: you are now a composer.
  • A:
  • B:
  • Bb:
  • C:
  • C#:
  • High C:
  • D:
  • D#:
  • E:
  • F:
  • G:
  • G#:
  • Glissando on C:
  • Glissando on G:
  • Glissando on D:
  • Glissando on A:
This post was inspired by two people.

Firstly, Gianni S. who told me that he enjoyed making cacophonous music by playing the YouTube links on my Music from Issue Two post all at the same time.

The other person is composer Iannis Xenakis (via a colleague at my day job in the maths department, who also deserves props for telling me about ‘stochastic music’ in the first place).

In his composition ‘Gendy’ (1991), Xenakis sought to deconstruct and purify the composition process by handing it over to chance, mathematical models and computers. The flipside of this? Gendy was a computer programme as well as a piece of music. Gendy the computer programme acted as an automatic composition machine: a tool that anyone could use to produce any number of Gendy compositions.

This is my viola-based version so you all can make your own automatic music.