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Muziek: Composing with Algorithms



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.

Date, time and location

Thursdays, 13:00-15:00.

Computer Studio 1, Royal Conservatoire, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, 2595 CA Den Haag, 070 315 15 15

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.
Information will be announced here shortly.
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


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