Fractal music

Q14: What is some information on fractal music?
A14: One fractal recording is "The Devil's Staircase: Composers and Chaos" on
the Soundprint label.

Some references, many from an unpublished article by Stephanie Mason, are:

1.  R. Bidlack, Chaotic Systems as Simple (But Complex) Compositional
Algorithms, _Computer Music Journal_, Fall 1992.

2.  C. Dodge, A Musical Fractal, _Computer Music Journal_ 12, 13 (Fall 1988),
p. 10.

3.  K. J. Hsu and A. Hsu, Fractal Geometry of Music, _Proceedings of the
National Academy of Science, USA_ 87 (1990), pp. 938-941.

4.  K. J. Hsu and A. Hsu, Self-similatrity of the '1/f noise' called music.,
_Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA_ 88 (1991), pp. 3507-3509.

5.  C. Pickover, _Mazes for the Mind: Computers and the Unexpected_, St.
Martin's Press, New York, 1992.

6.  P. Prusinkiewicz, Score Generation with L-Systems, _International Computer
Music Conference 86 Proceedings_, 1986, pp. 455-457.

7.  P. Prusinkiewicz and J. Hanan, _Lindenmayer Systems, Fractals, and
Plants_, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1989.

8.  P. Prusinkiewicz and A. Lindenmayer, _The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants_,
Springer-Verlag, NY, 1990.  ISBN 0-387-97297-8. A very good book on L-systems,
which can be used to model plants in a very realistic fashion.  The book
contains many pictures.

9.  _Byte_ 11, 6 (June 1986), pp. 185-196.

A IBM-PC program for fractal music is available by ftp to
[] in [pub.fractals.programs.ibmpc] WTF20.ZIP.
Go Back Up

Go To Previous

Go To Next