A glittering soundscape, this long-form generative piece by experimentalist Tim Doyle is based on fractal algorithms.
“I had about 100 candidates for names in something like 29 subcategories under some 8 main categories, and Incarnation finally won out. This is one of what I call my “hinged” pieces, where there is a profound alteration at the midpoint, often opening up the piece in some way, although it can go the other way or just sideways in some cases. In this piece it feels as though what is implicit and immanent as well as imminent actually takes flesh in the middle and strides into this world, or extrudes like ectoplasm… more in my mind like the rough beast slouching towards Bethlehem to be born. So Incarnation started feeling like exactly what I meant.” — Tim Doyle
About the Artist:
Tim Doyle was born Feb. 12, 1949 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and spent his childhood as the oldest of 9 children in a rural setting on a heavily wooded lake.
He has been making music in one form or another since childhood, when he soloed in a performance of his piano concerto “Rhapsody #1” at age 9 in a school production, and had a band piece called “Rough Draft” performed a few years later.
He turned to jazz and blues piano in his teens, but although he studied music theory and composition, he was awarded his B.A. in mathematics, his first love. He was always intrigued by the connections between music and math, and made some early experiments at computer composition in the late sixties.
His love for jazz deepened when he discovered the Blue Note catalog at age 20, starting with Jimmy Smith, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans. He still plays keyboard in various styles, but has not recorded his improvised music.
In 1999, he ran across a relatively simple fractal music generative program called Musinum, created by Dr. Lars Kindermann in Germany, who left it available as freeware and then moved on to other projects. Most of the sample music created by Musinum users was brief and (with a few notable exceptions) primitive, but the power inherent in the algorithms employed intrigued Doyle.
Many more of his recordings can be found at his last.fm page.
01 Tim Doyle – Incarnation [01:00:11]