Interconnected alchemy: an apparatus for alchemical algorithms

De Roure, David and Wilcox, Pip and Chamberlain, Alan (2017) Interconnected alchemy: an apparatus for alchemical algorithms. In: Listen to the Voice of Fire: Alchemy in Sound Art, 3 March 2017, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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The trope of the fraudulent or occult alchemist, prevalent since the mediaeval period of alchemy’s introduction into European thought, belies the endeavour of practitioners from ancient Egypt onwards. Alchemists used observation, experimentation, and drew conclusions to understand the world around them. Notions of interconnectedness, harmoniousness and codification pervade the alchemical pursuit—and alchemy interconnects literature, art, mathematics, and music....One of our tools is "numbers into notes", a web app for algorithmic composition based on early mathematics, in which the role of the human is to parameterize the algorithm and map number ranges to musical notes

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Algorithm, Creativity, Music, Alchemy, Humanities
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
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Depositing User: Chamberlain, Dr Alan
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 12:37
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:36

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