This video demonstrates cellular automata music on the Novation Launchpad – a musical translation of Conway’s Game Of Life.
With help from wikipedia I found several of these cellular automata algorithms and coded some of them to use the launchpad as a display and input to toggle cells as the program ran. The buttons on the right select between different algorithms. The bottom row of buttons is mapped across a major scale and the scale is also moved by the program in a kind of 12-bar progression. The output is MIDI piped into Reason via midi yoke. See my other clips for midi source code…Its interesting how these rules come up with intricate semi-random repeating patterns which map well to music.. worth more playing i think