Sound Automatas, introduction to generative composition

The use of algorithmic tools for sound creation is a tradition that started many centuries ago, and that comes together with the creation of robots and automats. No computers are required to design or apply such processes, however, the use of computing and digital tools allow to quickly generate autonomous systems that can configure themselves by training, learning and interaction.


In this workshop we will introduce the main concepts of generative art and algorithmic composition. Then, as a practical application, we will work with the “Exploring-Parameters Algorithm” developed by Iván Paz and some implementation of Finite State Machines both within an improvisation context.

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The workshop is aimed at anyone interested in digital sound, as well as in algorithmic techniques as tools for automated creation.


9 hrs. (3 classes of 3 hrs).


March 21, 22 & 23 from 18:00 to 21:00 hrs. The Workshop will be held at Hangar.

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Day 1

Introduction to supercollider (SynthDef)

Introduction the concept of network and Finite State Machines.

Production of patterns with generative algorithms.

Day 2

Exploring-Parámeters algorithm” for users perceptual exploration of parameter spaces of generative systems.

Day 3

Composition strategies with data matrices.

Composition session and final presentation open to the public.

Teacher’s BIO

Composer, improvisator, and multimedia artist. He made his studies in the National School of Music (Mx). He has composed music for video-art, interactive installations, electroacustic mixed pieces, dance companies, sound-poetry and performances. Between his proyects has collaborated with diferent artist from America and Europe. He is founder of  SEMIMUTICAS Seminar of Research about Music Maths and Computing, worked on the Cientific Visualisation Department and the Virtual Reality Observatory Ixtli in the National University of Mexico (UNAM)

Ivan Paz studied physics and mathematics at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM). During this time, he also experimented in music and photography. His current interests involve science, art, technology, and how their interactions can create new aesthetic, conceptual and thinking directions.

His current work involves artificial intelligence methodologies for the study of musical features and parameter spaces exploration of generative systems. This work is framed into a free and open source philosophy, that considers the act of coding as a social and political expression. He is also interesting in how this conception allows different communities to appropriate technology.

Recent activity includes workshops in several venues, e.g the CIRMMT of McGill University (Canada), the National Center of the Arts (Mexico) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). Some research collaborations involve a guest student residency at the Institute for Music and Media of Düsseldorf, and being a founder member of the SEMIMUTICAS seminar (UNAM) for researching in computing, music and mathematics. In summer 2013 he earned a PhD grant of the National Centre for Science and Technology of México for the the Artificial Intelligence program of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where he is currently working with the soft computing group. In 2015 he won the artistic research grant Banc Sabadell – Hangar for the construction of a holistic interface that guides perceptual exploration of algorithmic systems parameter spaces.

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