Mathematics & Computer Science Colloquium: March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 20184:00PM - Thursday, March 29, 20185:00PM
At Ruffner 356

Algorithmic Composition Of Music

Speaker: Mr. Carlo Anselmo
Hampden-Sydney College

Abstract: Algorithmic composition is an area of mathematics which explores the process of generating music through algorithmic processes. Most of our techniques are based on our idea of a sequence recursion, which is a method for generating finite integer sequences that can represent pitches and rhythms. Our research is two-pronged: we develop the mathematical properties and techniques associated with sequence recursions, and we apply these techniques to the synthesis of new musical compositions. Sequence recursions use basic musical operations such as repetition, transposition, and inversion to iteratively generate integer sequences of increasing length and complexity. These sequences are then mapped into musical structures such as scale or rhythm patterns to produce melodies and accompaniments. We will give several examples of musical compositions produced by this process.

Bio: Carlo Anselmo is a senior at Hampden-Sydney College with degrees in both Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Economics. From Oceanside in Southern California, he has been involved in music since elementary school, where he began playing the guitar and then the violin. He has since continued with the violin, playing in both school orchestras and professional settings. While in college, Carlo has utilized his mathematical studies to research the ties between the realms of both mathematics and music. His presentation will outline the major results of his research. In his free time, Carlo enjoys composing music, designing video games, and playing the piano.

We meet for a social with the speaker from 3:30 to 4:00. Presentations are from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Ruffner 356. Please join us!

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