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System: Autobusk

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This is AUTOBUSK 2000, Copyright (c) 1986-2000 by Clarence Barlow AUTOBUSK is a program for the real-time probabilistic generation of MIDI signals, primarily note-ons and -offs (remappable to other command types), in upto 3 parallel note streams (more than one computer used in parallel offers multiples of 3 streams). Pitch sets (i.e. scales e.g. major or minor) and pulse sets (i.e. metres e.g. 6/8 or 4/4) serve as the main input Material. A set of 12 variable Parameters, externally storable in time-tagged score form, can form MIDI and/or filed output; re-inputting the latter also sends MIDI events along 2 given Routes. 14 attendant programs (with, like AUTOBUSK, the extension .PRG) serve to enter and compile the Material and to process 'meta-scores'. AUTOBUSK itself took 272 days to write, spread between 18 August 1986 and 30 October 2000. The current version of AUTOBUSK has been written for the Atari ST and compatible computers running TOS 1.0 thru 4.4; it requires an internal memory of 576 KB and a minimum disk space of 1.1 MB, which will increase during the use of the program. The total software package comprises the program AUTOBUSK and the 2 folders PREPROC (holding the 4 programs ASC, HRM, IDP and JST and the file HRM.JST) and PRMPROC (holding the 9 programs EDIT, FILL, FUSE, JOIN, PACK, PART, PICK, TIDY and VARY). To install the program, simply copy the AUTOBUSK folder to a floppy or hard disk on your Atari computer. The program is run by double-clicking AUTOBUSK.PRG in the AUTOBUSK folder. AUTOBUSK is currently being ported to PCs running Linux. For the time being, you can also run AUTOBUSK using an Atari ST emulator software. For Windows, the recommended emulator is Steem (freely available from http://steem.atari.org); make sure you get a recent version (0.4 or later) which supports MIDI I/O. Other Windows ST emulators known to run AUTOBUSK (with some limitations) are Gemulator 2000 (http://www.emulators.com), WinSTon and PaCifiST (http://www.atarist.com). ST emulators for the Macintosh like NoSTalgia (http://users.skynet.be/sky39147) probably work as well, but have not been tested yet. With most emulators, you can simply unzip the AUTOBUSK folder to some directory on your host system and configure the emulator to map this directory to a ST hard disk. See the section INSTALLATION below for more detailed installation instructions.

References

“Music is then no longer primarily conceived as a guide for premeditated emotions, but as the density of the possible relationships which first become actuality during production under the influence of chance, and which during performance are presented to the listener as sounds beyond any environmental associatiations, independent of bodily actions required to produce sounds...”

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“... the individual and the society are deprived of the formidable power of free imagination that musical composition offers them. We are able to tear down this iron curtain, thanks to the technology of computers...”

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“The use of computers is the logical outcome of a historical development. It by no means heralds a new musical epoch; it simply offers a fast, reliable and versatile means of solving problems that already demanded solution. The person who writes the computer programme must bear the development of musical language up to the present in mind, and try to advance a stage further.”

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“Composers are now able, as never before, to satisfy the dictates of that inner ear of the imagination. They are also lucky so far in not being hampered by esthetic codification -- at least not yet! But I am afraid it will not be long before some musical mortician begins embalming electronic music in rules.”

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“... the use of numerical machines no longer stands in need of justification. It is not a mystery. If there is a mystery, it is in the mental structures of music and not in the computers, which are only tools, extensions of the hand and the slide rule.”

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“With the development of electronic and computer music, multidemnsionality of sound representation turned out to be both natural and useful. But music goes beyond multidimensionality -- it is even more complex.”

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“The computing machine is a marvelous invention and seems almost superhuman. But in reality it is as limited as the mind of the individual who feeds it material. Like the computer, the machines we use for making music can only give back what we put into them.”

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“... but beware, technique can submerge the user: We must defend ourselves; it is good to use techniques, but we have to dominate them, to stay alert.”

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“The characteristics of every sound depend on the way in which the sound was produced. Each art-form exploits its special production methods in order to endow the phenomena with unmistakable characteristics. Artistic economy demands that the means be appropriate to the end, and that the exploitation of the means be an end in itself.”

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“The danger is great of letting oneself be trapped by the tools and of becoming stuck in the sands of technology that has come like an intruder into the relatively calm waters of the thought in instrumental music.”

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“... and the hope of an extraordinary aesthetic success based on extraordinary technology is a cruel deceit.”

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