2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

emergence: Musical Composition Through Emergent Properties
Ted S. Moore♦* and Benjamin T. Tate
Dr. Warren Gooch, Faculty Mentor

Human intuition compels one to perceive systems as being organized by a governing body. In reality, interaction on a very small level by individual units of a system is often what leads to larger level organization of the units as a whole. Ant colonies, the organization of cities, even the consciousness produced by our brains are organized in this way. emergence, a musical work for solo saxophone composed by the presenter, was written by allowing a very limited set of options for moving away from any one note. This micro level interaction produced some very interesting macro organization. Certain pitches were unable to be used and other musical motifs presented themselves often and prominently throughout the piece. This presentation briefly describes the properties of emergent systems and demonstrates how principles such as these can be used in artistic creation. A performance of the composition will be included in the presentation.

Keywords: emergence, music, composition

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 4-4
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 8:45

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* Indicates the Student Presenter
♦ Indicates Truman Graduate Student
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