April 2016 Listening Room

Paul Hudak Symposium
Euterpea Studio Listening Room
Compositions by Donya Quick

When: Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: in the Euterpea Studio, AKW 123
The Euterpea Studio is housed within the Department of Computer Science in Arthur K. Watson Hall (51 Prospect Street). The studio is on the first floor by the vending machines.

As part of the Paul Hudak Symposium, the Euterpea Studio will be set up to play a repeating selection of music compositions created using the studio, the Euterpea library for working with music in Haskell, and the Kulitta framework for algorithmic and automated composition. Each cycle will last approximately 30 minutes and visitors may come and go at any time.

From the program:

Paul Hudak was my PhD advisor as well as a mentor and great source of inspiration. One of the most important things I learned from him is that computers can truly sound beautiful. Prior to taking Paul’s algorithmic composition course during my first term at Yale in 2008, I’d had very little exposure to the world of computer music and virtual instrument design, and what little I had heard before then was quite simplistic and largely unpleasant. Paul showed me that harsh, unstructured sounds are really only the beginning of a vast number of possibilities to be explored. Through this selection of pieces, I hope to convey some of what I learned about computers, programming languages, and the construction of algorithmic music during my time working with Paul: computers and carefully-crafted programming languages represent an amazing extension to the human capacity for creativity, even allowing machines to internalize some of that artistry in their own way.

Pieces in this program were produced using various combinations of two Haskell libraries, Euterpea and Kulitta, and the equipment within the Euterpea Studio. Paul established the Euterpea Studio, named for his Euterpea library for working with music in Haskell, to foster computer music development and research. Kulitta was the subject of my dissertation and is still a focus of ongoing work, mingling ideas from computational linguistics, functional programming, machine learning, and music theory to create novel pieces of music from scratch. Kulitta also uses Euterpea for representation of certain musical concepts.

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