aleatory music


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aleatory music

Any form of music that involves elements chosen at random by the performer, usually by such methods as the throwing of dice or the splashing of ink onto music paper. The term “aleatory” comes from the Latin word alea, meaning dice or game of chance.
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Goodwin notes that Adorno sees modern music as faced with the alternative between the fetishism of the material and the process, and unfettered chance in the form of aleatory music.
A related, forthcoming piece extends the conceit: Coat Check Chimes, 2008, will be installed in the cloakroom during this year's Whitney Biennial in New York and will consist of specially fabricated coat hangers--essentially, tuned metal triangles--that will produce an aleatory music when in use.
Aleatory music finds a parallel in the changing codes of etiquette, dress, speech, and behavior since the late 1960s; in all of these areas choices have become much more a matter of individual preference than they once were.