The Paradigmatic Discourse on presto®

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The presto® composition software was developed as a commercial implementation and operationalization of mathematical music theory. Several large compositions have been successfully realized on this software [101, 103, 680]. One of them will be discussed in chapter 51. We describe the overall architecture and functionality of presto®. This is mainly driven by a local/global paradigmatic perspective. The paradigmata of transformation and deformation are realized on (1) the level of modular affine transformations in the four-dimensional space of onset, pitch, duration, and loudness, and (2) the level of variational deformations. Both paradigmata are discussed and exemplified. We conclude the chapter with a remark on the problem of abstraction in paradigmatic composition, since composers tend to have major difficulties to get familiar with abstract paradigmatic structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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