The 2012 Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM) will take place from Monday, June 25 through Sunday, July 8 at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The workshop will be held at UCSC's Digital Arts Research Center, which features state of the art facilities as well as sweeping vistas of the Monterey Bay. David Cope, Paul Nauert, Peter Elsea, and Daniel Brown will be among those on hand to teach and help students achieve their workshop goals.The program features intensive classes on the basic techniques of algorithmic composition and algorithmic music analysis, learning and using the computer programming language Lisp. Students will learn about Markov-based rules programs, genetic algorithms, and software modeled on the Experiments in Musical Intelligence program. Music analysis software and techniques will also be covered in depth. Many compositional approaches will be discussed in detail, including rules-based techniques, data-driven models, genetic algorithms, neural networks, fuzzy logic, mathematical modeling, and sonification. Software programs such as Max, Open Music, and others will also be presented.
The workshop is limited to 15 participants to ensure an excellent student/teacher ratio.