April 24, 2011

Cute little timewaster

Cellular automata making music. From Earslap Click on the squares and hit play. From the site:
Otomata is a generative sequencer. It employs a cellular automaton type logic I�ve devised to produce sound events.

Each alive cell has 4 states: Up, right, down, left. at each cycle, the cells move themselves in the direction of their internal states. If any cell encounters a wall, it triggers a pitched sound whose frequency is determined by the xy position of collision, and the cell reverses its direction. If a cell encounters another cell on its way, it turns itself clockwise.

This set of rules produces chaotic results in some settings, therefore you can end up with never repeating, gradually evolving sequences. Go add some cells, change their orientation by clicking on them, and press play, experiment, have fun.
Posted by DaveH at April 24, 2011 5:12 PM
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