65daysofstatic and a new model for web distribution

Some months back, the post-punk band 65daysofstatic posted what I believe to be the first example of an algorithmic composition by a popular music group published via real-time rendering in the browser. Using Gibber, of course. It received a really positive response when the band posted it to Facebook, especially after I reconfigured Gibber’s server to not crash under the load of hundreds of fans trying to view the piece simultaneously.

The model is interesting to me because it enables fans to potentially play around with the code, remix it and republish their results. I hope to see more of this going forward with Gibber. For another interesting take on publishing music via code, see Alex McLean’s recently announced Peak Cut album. Peak Cut is distributed both as audio files and as executable source code on a USB flash drive. It also includes a bootable image of Linux with Alex’s Tidal live coding software pre-installed.

When you launch Gibber, the 65dos demo is one of the first ones that appears in the file browser. Take a listen!