Composing music with cellular automata
Music is not solely inspirational. Composers use frameworks. Some use western music theory, and any of their respective numerous genre and forms, which comes with their own rich history, culture, rules and patterns. This notebook shows how musical rules and patterns can be extracted from particular mathematical objects called cellular automata. This concept is not new. Genius composer Iannis Xenakis might have been the first to popularize (or even to use) them in music with his orchestral work Horos in 1986 (Solomos, 2013). This article applies a rather simple method to compose nusic with cellular automata, and can be summarized in three steps.