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FontanaMixer for Mac

Generative sound processing environment based on John Cage’s “Fontana Mix”
FontanaMixer

A generative sound environment based on John Cage’s “Fontana Mix” (1958), created by composer Karlheinz Essl. The original concept of the piece uses a graphical random generator that is supplied with the score. This new version, however, uses realtime sound generation and produces completely unpredictable sonic results which are reflecting Cage’s ideas of indeterminacy, chance, and silence.

The structural core of FontanaMixer is a realtime granular synthesis engine that was originally developed for my realtime sound shredder REplay PLAYer which is distributed as shareware.

This sound generator creates new variants and hybrids of a given sound material, and is controlled by randomly obtained values for compositional parameters like phrase length, speed, grain duration, granular offset, transposition and reverb.