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Black Allegheny

by Evan X. Merz

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Green Things 02:35
Terra 05:04


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/


released June 14, 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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Evan X. Merz San Jose, California

I am a composer, and programmer based in San Jose. I write experimental music software and create music with it. This is that music.

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