[CM] slippery chicken release

Michael Edwards michael.edwards at ed.ac.uk
Thu May 24 11:04:57 PDT 2012

It is with great pleasure that I announce the open-source release of my
algorithmic composition software "slippery chicken":

Please feel free to re-post to any potentially interested colleagues, students
or mailing lists.

Workshops introducing the software will be held in Edinburgh, UK, and
Karlsruhe, Germany, in July 2012:

"slippery chicken" is an open-source algorithmic composition system written in
Common Lisp which enables a top-down approach to music composition. The
software was originally tailor-made to encapsulate the author's personal
composition techniques, however many general-purpose algorithmic composition
tools have been programmed that should be useful to a range of composers. The
main goal of the project is to facilitate a melding of electronic and
instrumental sound worlds, not just at the sonic but also at the structural
level. Pure instrumental or electronic composition is of course possible with
the system too. Techniques for the innovative combination of rhythm and pitch
data--arguably one of the most difficult aspects of making convincing musical
algorithms--are offered.

Anyone interested in discussing the software is encouraged to join the Google
Group http://groups.google.com/group/slippery-chicken

Best wishes,

        Michael Edwards


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MSc in Digital Composition and Performance
University of Edinburgh
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