Sunday, February 27, 2011

1st Round of the Chance Project (Indeterminacy)

For my project, I create a musical composition with the use of Mario Composer, a free, open-source program downloadable for the PC and Mac. The program derives from a Super Nintendo video game, Mario Paint, which was a graphics painting program, just like Microsoft's Paint. The program includes musical well-known sound effects from the Mario video games, but has extended features and new notes not seen in the original.

I did previous work on Mario Composer in my ART 412 class, where we created a musical piece about a specific domestic technology (e.g. bottled water, blender, eyelash curler, etc.). Here's a sample of my work:

Bottled Water

So here's the process that it took to create the musical composition:

I relied on an online random integer generator, which gives out random numbers according to how many random integers you request, considering the limit is from 1 to 10,000 and the values limit from 1 to 1,000,000. I could have found another random integer generator or paid a premium subscription to generate larger quantities, but I decided not to for budget purposes, since I'll only be using it for just this project.

Now here's a diagram of how many notes and the number of rows that the composer have (Note: The Notes will represent X; Lines (Row Number) will represent Y, as importance for coordination of numbers later on):

And here are some visual descriptions of the sets of numbers that were given to me and the sets that generated these random numbers:

[The number of notes that are going to be in the composition (From 50-100), divided by 10 to make an average of 77 notes.]

[What notes will be chosen according to its designated note number (From 1 to 19). Repeated 2 times to have three combinations of notes in a column. Notes chosen across, starting from left to right, from top to bottom.]

Combo #1 (X1)

Combo #2 (X2)

[The locations the notes will be, according to its designated numbered row on the sheet music (From 1 to 16). Repeated 2 times, combos are assisted according to what set of integers are listed. Placed notes will follow row number, starting across from left to right, starting from the top to bottom.]

Combo #1 (Y1)

Combo #2 (Y2)

[The average of the tempo number (from 98 to 1000) divided by 10, equaling 593.6, rounding up to 594.]

-The song will last for about 30 seconds or more, regardless whether it repeats itself many times or doesn't get through the whole singular composition.
-All combos are appropriated a coordinate system, where (X,Y), X representing the designated note number and Y being the designated row number. [(X1,Y1), (X2, Y2)]
-I had to write down which combo coordinates will be used to get a better visual of what notes and rows are put into place.

I eventually wrote down the coordinates appropriate to the sets:

Combo #1:

Combo #2

So here is my finished work:

You can also check out what my partner did for my project:

Conclusions and thoughts:
-I realized that both the process and execution of the chance project took a very long time to create.

-The program is at times wonky, meaning that there will be times when the program suddenly makes an error and the program has to force you to shut it down and I'm careful to frequently save my song. It also effects if you have other programs on your desktop cause it will react to any stroke on your keyboard or movements and clicks of your mouse.