An Introduction to Slippery Chicken

Michael Edwards

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This article introduces a new open-source algorithmic composition system, slippery chicken, which enables a top-down approach to musical composition. Specific techniques in slippery chicken are introduced along with examples of their usage in the author’s compositions. The software was originally tailor made
to encapsulate the author's personal composition techniques, however many general-purpose algorithmic composition tools have been programmed that should be useful to a range of composers. The main goal of the project is to facilitate a melding of electronic and instrumental sound worlds, not just at the sonic but at the structural level. Techniques for the innovative combination of rhythmic and pitch data—arguably one of the most difficult aspects of making convincing musical algorithms—are also offered. The software was developed by the author in the Common Lisp Object System and released as opensource software in May 2012; see
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Event2012 International Computer Music Conference - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 9 Sep 201214 Sep 2012


Conference2012 International Computer Music Conference

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