Emergent Behavior in the context of Reactive Compositional Environments

Dan Livingstone

Computer Music Research Group, Institute of Digital Art & Technology
School of Computing, University of Plymouth
Plymouth PL148AA England


This discussion paper identifies a number of fields of practice that consider emergent behavior to be a key element in realising new creative forms. Creators across these fields manifest compositional processes, immersive environments, interface design & tracking systems, human computer interaction, interactive and generative music, collaborative soundscapes and are becoming increasingly engaged by the possibilities of emergent behavior. The potential for new interdisciplinary forms integrating gesture capture, motion tracking, sound synthesis and collaborative forms between people/performers/composers and their environments is a developing field of research that investigates process driven collaboration to inform the design of reactive compositional spaces.

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