This video captures a performance by the Ealing Feader – an musical automata that plays bells. In the video, the instrument plays an algorithmic composition.
Here’s what Angliss has to say about it:
Here’s the Ealing Feeder playing an algorithm rather like the one I cooked up in our studio afternoon. It’s not following a notated, conventional score. It’s playing a circular, mathematical pattern which I programmed in MaxMSP.
Halfway through the video, there’s a double (in Baroque style), where quavers are interspersed with semiquavers playing in counterpoint with the original tune.
I’m most interested in the Ealing Feeder when it plays music which humans can’t perform. This might be a lightning fast ostinato or music where 5 beats play against 7, 8 play against 13 or notes spill out in some other fiendish pattern.