3 map drawers (1 box).
The collection's series are arranged chronologically by the publication date of each corresponding article. Within each series, the items are arranged according to their location within the article written by Lejaren Hiller. I. Flowcharts and diagrams found in Computer Programs Used to Produce the Composition HPSCHD ; II. Flowcharts and diagrams found in Phrase Generation in Computer Music Composition ; III. Flow Charts and Diagrams used in Composing the Second Movement of Algorithms III ; IV. Flow charts and Diagrams used in Computer Programs Used to Produce the Composition Algorithms ; IV. Unmatched Flow Charts and Diagrams ; VI. Additional Graphs, Diagrams and Flow Charts ; VII. Photocopies of Flow Charts Found in Other Articles.
Compositional flow charts produced by Lejaren Hiller. The collection consists of 106 flow charts housed in map drawers, and 18 other items in individual folders housed in a flat box. While each item is dated, the dates are approximate based on when the corresponding article authored by Hiller was published. Some items do not contain a corresponding article figure number as Hiller added the number in the article at the time of publication.
Lejaren Hiller was born on February 23, 1924, in New York City. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. in chemistry from Princeton University, where he also studied music theory and composition with Milton Babbitt and Roger Sessions. In 1958, Hiller received his M. Mus. from the University of Illinois where he founded the Experimental Music Studio. In 1957, Hiller collaborated with Leonard Isaacson on the Illiac Suite, the first significant use of a computer in composition. The Illiac Suite (String Quartet No. 4) was so named for the Illiac computer on which the calculations for the score parameters were made. Hiller was able to tap the power of the Illiac for the generation and selection of large quantities of random values in a fundamental type of stochastic modeling known as "the Monte Carlo Method." Lejaren Hiller's importance to the field of computer music cannot be over-emphasized. His work on the use of computers for the generation of musical parameters such as pitch, rhythm, duration, etc. in pieces of music using traditional instruments, opened a door to new methods of music material generation and simultaneously to the computer-assisted analysis of the process of music composition.
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[Specified item], Lejaren Hiller Collection of Compositional Flow Charts, circa 1968-1987, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.
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