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Muziek: Composing with Algorithms

Vak 2014-2015


This course provides an introduction to algorithmic composition, its applications, history and implementation. Students will learn to program sound, control and musical behaviour. Topics such as using probabilities, generative algorithms, complex systems and selection principles will be presented. Each of these will cover technique but also practical applications and musical examples. The course uses the SuperCollider environment as well as providing short presentations of other platforms.

Teaching method

Lecture and seminar

Course objectives

Student scan learn to generate musical material using the AC toolbox. Concepts by Koenig, Xenakis and others will be explored.

Time table

First and second semester. Friday 10.00 – 12.30 hours, computer room. Course takes place at the Royal Conservatory, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag (near The Hague ).

Coarse load

Students from Leiden have to do an extra assignment to acquire the 5 ECTS


Rogier Schneemann
Kees Tazelaar, e-mail: or


NB: Dit vak staat NIET in Usis. Studenten zijn verplicht zich aan te melden door middel van het aanmeldingsformulier dat kan worden gedownload via onderstaande link.


Voor andere vakken op het gebied van muziek en beeldende kunst, zie s.v.p.:
Keuzevakken muziek en beeldende kunsten