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fLOW 1.1 Ambient Sound Generator (c) 1998-99 by Karlheinz Essl For Apple Macintosh PPC and G3 computers Released: 22 June 1999 (freeware) Vienna (A) - fLOW is a DSP computer program running on Apple Macintosh G3 (or fast PPC) machines. Written in MSP, it generates an ever-changing and never repeating soundscape in real time that fills the space with flooding sounds that resemble - metaphorically - the timbres of water, fire, earth, and air. Originally, this soundscape formed the basis of the site-specific performance work-in-progress fLOW that was carried out in numerous steps and took place in various location with changing musicians from different fields like New Music, experimental jazz, free improvisation and New Electronic Music. Hardware & System Requirements * Apple PowerPC G3 (or a PPC with at least 180 MHz) with 8 MB min. free RAM * MacOS 7.5 or better Downloading fLOW, a freeware computer program for Apple Macintosh computers, can be downloaded from: http://www.essl.at/works/flow.html
Vienna - LEXIKON-SONATE, a legendary work in the field of algorithmic composition by the Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl, has now been released as a stand-alone application for PowerPC and 68040 Apple Macintosh computers. LEXIKON-SONATE is a work-in-progress which was started in 1992. Instead of being a composition in which the structure is fixed by notation, it manifests itself as a computer program that composes the piece - or, more precisely: an excerpt of a virtually endless piano piece - in real time. Lexikon-Sonate lacks two characteristics of a traditional piano piece: there is no pre-composed text to be interpreted, and there is no need for a pianist or an interpreter. Instead, the instructions for playing the piano - the indication "which key should be pressed how quickly and held down for how long" - are directly generated by a computer program and transmitted immediately to a player piano (or a MIDI synthesizer) which executes them. Version 2.0 of LEXIKON-SONATE comes with a newly designed user interface which gives you enhanced interactivity control facilities. It allows you - so to speak - to play a complex piano piece on the keyboard of your computer. Web versions For all those who want to listen to the LEXIKON-SONATE on the Internet, there are several specially designed web version of the piece ranking from MIDI to RealAudio. Guide your browser to: http://www.essl.at/works/lexson-online.html if you wish to listen to the piece online. System requirements LEXIKON-SONATE runs on 68040 or PowerPC Apple Macintosh computers under Mac OS 7.x / 8.x. It can either control an external MIDI instrument (like the Yamaha Disklavier, a sampler, or a MIDI synthesizer with a good piano sound), or it plays directly through the Macintosh's built-in speaker. The later option needs Quicktime 2.5 - for improved sound quality the use of the new Quicktime 3.0 is highly recommended. Downloading LEXIKON-SONATE is a free-ware computer program and can be downloaded from: http://www.essl.at/works/Lexikon-Sonate.html On this page you will also find more information about this piece and its underlying ideas.Dr. K@rlheinz Essl