SpectralConway: Cellular automata off the grid

Scott McLaughlin, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

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SpectralConway is a spectral implementation of cellular automata (CA), specifically, John Conway's Game of Life (GoL)[3]. The process eschews the traditional quantised grid paradigm of the CA in favour of a frequency continuum. We apply the neighbour rules to a set of floating-point values (partials), with the neighbourhood defined as a pitch interval. This paper outlines the reasons for taking this approach, the concept behind the algorithm, contextualises this approach within new developments in CA, and assesses the algorithm in the context of the piece Whitewater.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2010
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0971319286
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Computer Music Conference 2010 - Stony Brooke University , New York, United States
Duration: 1 Jun 20105 Jun 2010


ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference 2010
Abbreviated titleICMC 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


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