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Götz Dipper
*1966 in Stuttgart (DE), lives and works in Karlsruhe (DE),

»algoRhythm Machine«
2017, interactive sound installation, computer, monitor, mouse, headphones


The installation »algoRhythm Machine« is a sort of drum computer through which rhythms can be algorithmically generated or varied. Some of the algorithms that are utilized have been used in music for centuries, including the crab, for which one section is played backwards, creating a sort of crabwalk. Other algorithms, such as the various algorithms based on randomness, were first used broadly in the twentieth century.

»algoRhythm Machine« is inspired by the installations »Pattern Machine« and »Random Machine« from 2004, both are also being shown at the »Open Codes« exhibition. The same algorithms that generate melodies in those installations are used here to generate rhythms. Visitors can pursue the fascinating question of whether the algorithms are equally well suited for both uses.

Unlike with »Pattern Machine« and »Random Machine«, no variation in the pitch is possible with »algoRhythm Machine«. Instead, »algoRhythm Machine« is polyphonic, such that patterns can be layered in interesting ways. Visitors can explore what settings lead to interesting listening experiences.


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