vectorscores

A series of new compositions built on the web. The works are algorithmically generated so that each score and each performance is unique while still being shaped by the composition’s parameters.

Advantages over traditional scores

  • online access to scores via web browser
  • use of animation
  • built-in tutorial function (for education and to reduce rehearsal time—useful when dealing with complex music, tight timelines and budgets, or the absence of the composer)
  • unique musical possibilities (parts generated based on input, collaboration, realtime generation of musical material, etc.)
  • vector graphics can be scaled and manipulated without loss of quality
  • reliable use of color

Work concepts

  • Textural Messages. Call and response between ensembles performing graphic/textural/musical content, generated in realtime.
  • Topographic scores. Microcosms of sound, possibly based on data from the performers’ location. Possible display options include: isometric projection, revealed through time or position (“fog of war”), or warped fabric?
  • Interpreting 3D graphic scores. Musicians sit around a phantom central object, parts are generated based on their position.
  • Music formatted as a storyboard. A “scenes” of music displays, giving a preview of the next scene and transitioning using animation.
  • Open form/mobile movements, generated in realtime.
  • Greater control over musical texture and density in open instrumentation works. From core musical concepts, generate parts based on ensemble size and registers.
  • Morphing clouds of sound, like the murmuration of birds.
  • Clustering and group dynamics. Control orchestration through use of motion in score.
  • Decision Tree. At each section, performers are given a choice between two cells of music. Decisions shape the direction of the work over time.
  • Cantus firmus/drone works.
  • “Loading GIF” as timing—musical textures interrupted by technology.
  • More to be developed as project takes shape.

Support

vectorscores is supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Licenses

The vectorscores framework is released under the MIT License. Copyright of compositions resulting from code and parameters using the framework belong to the composer.

Contributing

  • Performances. Perform works created with vectorscores. Contact me and I’ll list performances here along with links to any audio and video documentation.
  • Compositions. Use the vectorscores framework to compose your own score. You are welcome to use my work a starting point—but please make them your own!
  • Repository. I encourage feedback and contributions to this project. Feel free to submit issues and pull requests! Read more about contributing.

Roadmap

Scope

The current scope of this project is to require as few dependencies as possible for ease of performances and contribution.

Public access to works

  • viewing and contribution via GitHub
  • download generated vector files and pdfs of scores
  • download pre-selected vector files and pdfs of scores
  • clone or download repository to run on local machine or WLAN
  • documentation of premiere performances and other performances as available