Free Jazz in the Land of Algebraic Improvisation

Claudia Elena Chiriţă, Jose Fiadeiro

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We discuss the connection between free-jazz music and service-oriented computing, and advance a method for formal, algebraic analysis of improvised performances; we aim for a better understanding of both the creative process of music improvising and the complexity of service-oriented systems. We formalize free-jazz performances as complex dynamic systems of services, building on the idea that an improvisation can be seen as a collection of music phase spaces that organise themselves through concept blending, and emerge as the performed music. We first define music phase spaces as specifications written over a class of logics that satisfy a set of requirements that make them suitable for dealing with improvisations. Based on these specifications we then formalize free-jazz performances as service applications that evolve by requiring other music fragments to be added as service modules to the improvisation. Finally, we present a logic for specifying free jazz based on one of Anthony Braxton’s graphic notations for composition notes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Computational Creativity, UPMC, Paris, France, June 27 - July 1, 2016.
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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