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34 What are sources of fractal music?


This article is from the sci.fractals FAQ, by Michael C. Taylor and Jean-Pierre Louvet with numerous contributions by others.

34 What are sources of fractal music?

One fractal recording is "The Devil's Staircase: Composers and
Chaos" on the Soundprint label. A second is "Curves and Jars" by Barry
Lewis. You can contact MPS Music & Video for further information:
Rosegarth, Hetton Road, Houghton-le-Spring, DH5 8JN, England or online
at CDeMUSIC (http://www.emf.org/focus_lewisbarry.html).

Does anyone know of others? Mail me at fractal-faq@mta.ca.

Some references, many from an unpublished article by Stephanie Mason,

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. "Byte" 11, 6 (June 1986), pp. 185-196.

Online resources include:

Well Tempered Fractal v3.0 by Robert Greenhouse

A fractal music C++ package is available at

The Fractal Music Project (Claus-Dieter Schulz)

Chua's Oscillator: Applications of Chaos to Sound and Music

Fractal Music Lab

Fractal Music - Phil Thompson

fractal music in MIDI format by Jose Oscar Marques

Don Archer's fractal art and music contains several pieces of fractal
music in MIDI format.

LMUSe, a DOS program that generates MIDI music and files from 3D

There is now a Fractal Music mailing list. It's purposes are:

1. To inform people about news, updates, changes on the Fractal Music
Projects WWW pages.
2. To encourage discussion between people working in that area.

The Fractal Music Mailinglist: fmusic@kssun7.rus.uni-stuttgart.de

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