[sdiy] Pink Tunes self-composing program.

David Manley dlmanley at sonic.net
Tue Jan 2 02:19:24 CET 2018

Hi Dave,

I forgot to mention Marvin Jones also had some interaction with Larry 
Fast due to working at PAiA.  I think he even got a liner note mention 
on one of Larry's albums (my LPs are in boxes so can't look that up 
easily).  I used to work with Marvin in the late 80's (telecom not synth 
related) and he's a great guy.  I'll forward this thread to him.  He may 
have some additional info - maybe the only person that does since John 
Simonton died a few years back.


On 1/1/18 4:14 PM, David Bulog wrote:
> Hi David
> Happy New year ——I’m looking for both more music made with the program 
> and also any info about the program  itself
> The Larry Fast record blew me away with the potential of Pink Tunes .
> cheers Dave
>> On 2/01/2018, at 11:08 am, David Manley <dlmanley at sonic.net 
>> <mailto:dlmanley at sonic.net>> wrote:
>> Hi David,
>> It's not clear if your looking for the program or more music made 
>> with it?
>> Marvin Jones has a lot of the Polyphony magazines scanned and 
>> available here:
>> http://sonic.net/mjones/archive/docs/index.html#polydocs
>> The source for Pink Tunes (assembly code) is in this book:
>> The Source: Book of Patching and Programming, ISBN 0-933338-00-7, 1978
>> The chapter you want is:
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpr9tc2cq9jxi6h/Source-Pt6.pdf?dl=1
>> -Dave
>> P.S. Marvin worked at PAiA with John Simonton.
>> On 12/31/17 4:04 PM, David Bulog wrote:
>>> Happy New Year all!
>>> Looking for more  Pink Tunes program
>>> Thanks in advance
>>> David
>>> <https://www.discogs.com/Synergy-Computer-Experiments-Volume-One/master/9356>" 
>>> is a recording of three different executions of a microcomputer 
>>> self-composing program. The program, called _Pink Tunes_ was written 
>>> by John Simonton 
>>> <https://www.discogs.com/artist/2851587-John-Stayton-Simonton-Jr>of 
>>> PAIA Electronics, inc. and is an application of the stochastic 
>>> process to electronic music. In simple terms, the computer is given 
>>> a narrowed field of notes, durations, harmonies and the like from 
>>> the total spectrum of all possibilities. The composer sets all of 
>>> the musical ground rules, but then lets the computer combine and 
>>> "compose" the musical elements in constantly varying ways according 
>>> to stochastic, or controlled randomness structures.
>>> All of the musical manipulations are carried out within the computer 
>>> in digital form. Each musical note, time duration or other parameter 
>>> is represented by a specific number in digital code. It is only 
>>> after the computer has finished its decision making process and 
>>> output its results digitally that the code is converted into control 
>>> voltages that an analog synthesizer can use. In theory, a similar 
>>> program could be used to direct synthesis.
>>> The program will generate up to four-part harmonies on each run. 
>>> Several passes using different synthesizer voicings for each overdub 
>>> were used for these recordings. All sounds were generated by a 
>>> Sequential Circuits, Ind. Prophet 5 synthesizer controlled by a PAIA 
>>> 8700 6503-based microcomputer system via a specially designed 
>>> Synergy System interface. Recording was done conventionally on an 
>>> MCI one-inch eight-track recorder with DBX noise reduction. Mixing 
>>> was through an MCI board to a Studer A80 two-track analog tape 
>>> machine. All delays and echos were digitally produced using a 
>>> DeltaLab DL-2 and an EMT 251 electronic reverberation system.
>>> Some more information about stochastic structures as they relate to 
>>> electronic music can be found in John Simonton 
>>> <https://www.discogs.com/artist/2851587-John-Stayton-Simonton-Jr>'s 
>>> article about the _Pink Tunes_ program in the July/August 1978 issue 
>>> of Polyphony magazine (volume 4, number 1; Polyphony Publishing Co.; 
>>> Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma). A general overview of the field including 
>>> an extensive bibliography can be found in an article entitled 
>>> "Compositional Applications of the Stochastic Processes" by Kevin 
>>> Jones in the Summer 1981 issue of _Computer Music Journal_ (volume 
>>> 5, number 2; MIT Press; Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England).
>>> Larry Fast <https://www.discogs.com/artist/325903-Larry-Fast>
>>> August, 1981
>>> Bath, England
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