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The Kressel Studies

by Mick Sussman

These algorithmic pieces are formalistic and experimental, but also quirky and unruly, highlighting the tensions in teaching a machine to make music for humans.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Kr 19.6.2
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2. Kr 22.2.6
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3. Kr 26.2.21
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4. Kr 27.6.8
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5. Kr 27.6.16
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6. Kr 27.6.18
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9. Kr 29.4.13
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19. Kr 33.5.8
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20. Kr 35.1.19
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21. Kr 37.1.8
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22. Kr 37.1.13
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23. Kr 38.1.4
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24. Kr 38.1.15
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mick Sussman, the creator of the Rosenberg Algorithmic Music Generator, is debuting a new project, “The Kressel Studies.” While Rosenberg is a monumental 100,000-line software program, these pieces are each generated from concise snippets of code. The Kressel Studies are noisier and more diverse in texture than Rosenberg, while sharing its focus on rhythmically intricate patterns. Like Rosenberg, the Kressel Studies are formalistic and experimental, but also quirky and unruly, highlighting the tensions in teaching a machine to make music for humans.

True to the name “studies,” these pieces often explore a particular synthesis or melody-generation technique. The resulting pieces are varied: the metallic swells of Kr. 37.1.13, the chilly drone of Kr. 38.1.15, the balmy bell-like melody of Kr. 27.6.18. (The titles of the pieces are meant to evoke software numbering convention. For instance, Kr. 37.1.13 is an iteration of the code from Kr. 37.1.8, while Kr. 38.1.15 is based on a new software kernel.) The algorithms execute their instructions for two-and-half minutes and then end. Collectively, the pieces form a procession of highly condensed vignettes.

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