Terry Riley’s In C for Arduino with the Fluxamasynth

Terry Riley's In C on Arduino

I’m a fan of experimental composer Terry Riley (try some of his organ work like Shri Camel to get started), so it seemed natural to try to adapt his 1964 algorithmic composition “In C” for the Arduino with our Fluxamasynth Shield.

In C was written for 20 to 35 players. Each player works their way through 53 short phrases, listening to the other players and following the rules of the score. The basic structural rules are that a player repeats a phrase as long as they like before moving to the next. Players always move forward through the score, and the piece is finished when everyone reaches the end, which usually takes around 40 minutes at the recommended tempo.

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You can get the complete score at the Petrucci Music Library. Or read on to see the Arduino version.

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By Shawn on October 11, 2016.