Free as in BEER: Some explorations into structured improvisation using networked live-coding systems

Wilson S., Lorway N., Coull R., Vasılakos K., Moyers T.

Computer Music Journal, vol.38, no.1, pp.54-64, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1162/comj_a_00229
  • Journal Name: Computer Music Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.54-64
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Much improvised music that has developed since the advent of free jazz has been concerned with the imposition of structure, often through systems of directed improvisation, or through the use of rule-based approaches (e.g., game pieces). In this article, we explore the possibility of a networked live-coding system as a structural intervention mechanism par excellence, through the discussion of two pieces from the repertoire of the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research. © 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.