Culture: Music: Source
Algorhythm   (+3)  [vote for, against]
Formulaic music - literally

Competition to programme a standardised synthesiser or electronic keyboard with a single (albeit presumably very complicated) equation, in order to produce the "best" music. Points are awarded for structure, tone, progression, originality and toe-tapping catchiness.
-- theleopard, May 29 2012

YouTube: The Zeros Of Zeta Song
Not what I (or you) were looking for, but almost. [zen_tom, May 30 2012]

MP3 of the Riemann Zeta Function http://empslocal.ex...unafo-zetasound.htm
This is what I was looking for before - it's not quite music, unless you're Brian Eno. [zen_tom, May 30 2012]

Noatikl http://www.intermor.../noatikl/index.html
"Noatikl uses generative / aleatoric / stochastic / algorithmic music techniques developed over the last 20 years" - Brian Eno used the precursor to this program to write "Environmental Music" [zen_tom, May 30 2012]

Soundscapes, Indeterminacy and Ambient and Generative Music.
Scroll down to the final 5th to find a link to "Shadow (On land) - Brian Eno 1982" [zen_tom, May 30 2012]

If the complication of the "single" equation is unlimited, you could just program in the Fourier transform of a nice bit of Bach.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, May 29 2012

//nice bit of Bach// Hardly original, don't you think?

But your point is valid.

Mayhap, points can be awarded (on a sliding scale) relating to the number of characters in the equation you use. I don't want it to be a case of just programming the desired notes. I want the algorithm to flow and ebb unpredictably, or infinitely, like the musical version of a fractal...
-- theleopard, May 30 2012

Hey, wait a minute! I thought this was about Al Gore! (he invented the algorithm) Nevermind. <walks away mumbling>
-- Grogster, May 30 2012

Since musical scores tend to have repetitious sections, it seems to me that the simplest algorhythm could be found in the reciprocals of various numbers. If the number is a prime, say larger than a thousand, then you can likely compute a thousand notes before it starts repeating.
-- Vernon, May 30 2012

Isn't this what Vangelis and similar musicians do already?
-- UnaBubba, May 30 2012

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