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Computational composition strategies in audiovisual laptop performance

Allik, Alo


Alo Allik


Robert, composer Mackay

Joseph, 1970 Anderson


We live in a cultural environment in which computer based musical performances have become ubiquitous. Particularly the use of laptops as instruments is a thriving practice in many genres and subcultures. The opportunity to command the most intricate level of control on the smallest of time scales in music composition and computer graphics introduces a number of complexities and dilemmas for the performer working with algorithms. Writing computer code to create audiovisuals offers abundant opportunities for discovering new ways of expression in live performance while simultaneously introducing challenges and presenting the user with difficult choices. There are a host of computational strategies that can be employed in live situations to assist the performer, including artificially intelligent performance agents who operate according to predefined algorithmic rules. This thesis describes four software systems for real time multimodal improvisation and composition in which a number of computational strategies for audiovisual laptop performances is explored and which were used in creation of a portfolio of accompanying audiovisual compositions.


Allik, A. (2014). Computational composition strategies in audiovisual laptop performance. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Sep 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords Arts and new media
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Additional Information School of Arts and New Media, The University of Hull
Award Date Apr 1, 2014


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