Black Allegheny

by Evan X. Merz

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about

Black Allegheny is a collection of pieces composed using swarm intelligence. Each piece in the album was assembled using custom software that tracks the motion of a virtual herd, and relates that information to pre-selected audio files. This software is called becoming, and it was born from an exploration of Cage's graph and gamut techniques. These techniques were expanded into the domain of digital audio, then swarm algorithms were added.

More: computermusicblog.com/blog/2010/06/14/black-allegheny-swarm-generated-music/

More about the composer: computermusicblog.com/blog/evan-x-merz/

credits

released 14 June 2010

Evan X. Merz (computermusicblog.com), piano, saxophone, programming
Don Merz (www.ovation-images.com), photography
James Phelps (www.jululu.net), critical feedback, oversight
Freesound User richtcello, for some cello samples
Freesound User jppi_Stu, for wind chime samples

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