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Between 1988 and 1991 Nigel Morgan created a sequence of four works, DUO (trombone and percussion), TRIO (violin, clarinet and piano), QUARTET (string quartet) and EDGE (wind quartet). These pieces, forming a CD-length concert called TOUCHED BY MACHINE?, were part of a sustained project to explore computer-assisted composition using the tools of the MIDI studio.

MIDI systems tend to encourage interaction with real-time processes: recording, improvisation, multi-tracking, complex layering, even
sequencing, ordering and editing. However, the major factor of the composition act the composer wished to explore in TOUCHED BY MACHINE? was computer support for precomposition: the considered creation and organization of the discrete elements that make up the basic material composers use to create a musical score. That said, in the composition of EDGE there was a mixture of machine-led improvisation in multiple parts and the off-line manipulation of algorithmic processes of interpolation and transformation of pitch, rhythm, articulation and dynamics.

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Nigel Morgan, Prudential Buildings, 55 Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1BW, United Kingdom Tel: 01924 383017 e-mail: tonalitysystems@mac.com

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