Jim Horton

Simulated Winds and Cries

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Finally, an album of real-time, performer-manipulated computer works in various alternative tunings by one of the Bay Area's most delightfully creative composer/philosopher/visionaries. Selections include: "I Heard a Thousand Blended Notes" (title from a 1794 poem by William Wordsworth), "Simulated Winds and Cries" (1992) made from justly intoned sliding intervals selected by 1/f fractal patterns, "Some Pointillism" (1990), "Rebirth" (1990) in which "the computer, empty of suffering (running the language Formula), simulates high-speed attainment of Nirvana by playing (a) medieval Tibetan Buddhist game," and "Rave Patterns" (1992) created for a rave dance party that the police shut down before it got going ("...Thus was the underground confirmed in its oppositions.") The composer has this to says about the various pieces: "I like to imagine that they are precursors to uplifting, slightly alien musical A.I.s of the 21st century. Oh, how I hope and wish that contemporary cyber-culture will lead to a beautiful utopian compassionate world of Good!"

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