Platform Composition – Work in Progress

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Platform Composition

Platform Composition

At the time I created this composite image, I was reading the book “Where Good Ideas Come From” by Steven Johnson.  It talks about how we stand on the shoulders of others. Specifically he describes how the ideas and work that we create is the product of the mixing of ideas and platforms within our minds.  it’s a kind of serendipity.  Innovation is taking the building blocks of what’s around us and configuring them to meet another need.  Ideas can be for products, art, or any other discipline.

This work is a layered piece.  The multi-colored back ground is made up of lines of SQL Code I created to build a database application.  The application accepts a few inputs, sets some parameters at random, and generates a musical composition; lyrics, chord progressions, instrumentation, time signature, etc.

For example the inputs are text from public domain books like Alice in Wonderland. The lyrics for the first song that the application wrote came from sentences chosen at random from the full text of Carroll’s book.  There are stanzas, bridges, and choruses.

I used this as a platform to create the work.  The product is entirely unrelated to music or software, but relies upon various parts of the software as a platform.

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