Life Music: Sounding GRAZ

by Günther W. Albrecht

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Musical Transformation modeled after John Conway's "Game of Life"

Life Music uses Conway´s "Game of Life" (a cellular automata, published 1970) for structuring sonic material. A cellular grid is projected on the town map of Graz/Styria, as well as on 49 loudspeakers of the CUBE (at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, Graz). Every cell uses its own audio sample of app. 10 seconds. The evolving patterns of the "Game of Life" are responsible for selection, volume and motion of sounds.


released February 20, 2005

"Life Music" was made possible by the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG). The work was financed by SKE/Austro Mechana. The 49 location recordings were made in November 2004 by Günther Albrecht and Andreas Platzer. First performance at the IEM CUBE was on March 8th 2005. The 5.0 - recording of this event was the material to a DVD utilizing the audio and the images.


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