Algorhythm

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

This is what I was looking for before - it's not quite music, unless you're Brian Eno. [zen_tom, May 30 2012]

Noatikl

"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

random,
halfbakery