By G. Forrest Cook
Fractal music, like the fractal imagery above is based on self similarity
of patterns where the minute details resemble the larger structure.
I have been working with fractal music since 1982, I originally wrote
the software on a Z80 based CP/M system in the C language, the code was
ported to DOS a while back and parts of it have been moved to Linux.
My friend Joe borrowed one of my compositions entitled
Scaly Critter, it features a fractal drum track and
can be heard on his
Harem of Cats
In the early 1990s, I attended a speech by
Benoit Mandelbrot, the mathematician who brought fractals into the
I asked Mandelbrot about fractal music, his
reply was simply: "Beethoven, Beatles, and Bach".
The fractal music on my CD resembles many different styles of music, from
classical to jazz to new age, and electronica.
Composition of a musical fractal consists of listening to random seed
melodies until an interesting pattern is heard, then rendering the seed
pattern into a fractal. The results are often quite pleasing.
CDs for Sale
In order to bring in a few bucks and pay for some of my web bandwidth,
I am selling CDs that I have made.
They feature analog synthesizer music and
electronic special effects.
- PayPal is the preferred method of payment, just click the button.
- Orders can also be mailed in with US checks and postal money orders,
please send email (below) for more information.
- The CDs are mailed via First Class US Mail, typically one day after payment is received.
- Shipping/handling for the first CD is $5 (US) and $8 (overseas).
- Shipping/handling for each additional CD adds $2 (US) or $3 (overseas).
Fractals Everywhere Volume 1
This CD has 26 selections with a wide variety of fractal music,
consisting of jazzy, classical, electronic, and new age styles.
Download Here (720KB)
to get an mp3 sampler with 6 excerpts from the CD.
If you like electronic music, this is worth checking out, it is
The total playing time is 45 minutes.
Fractals Everywhere, US Addresses, $8 plus $5 shipping/handling
Fractals Everywhere, Overseas Addresses, $8 plus $8 shipping/handling
Soundtrack for a Low-Budget Sci-Fi Movie
This CD contains 13 tracks featuring some very high fidelity analog synthesizer
Simply put, it's probably the weirdest sounding stuff you have ever heard.
The disc contains a mix of fractals,
solos, and even short-wave radio sounds.
The selections tend to be more ambient and less tekno,
it would be difficult to dance to this stuff.
The tonal range alone makes this disk worth having,
it will exercise any stereo system to the limits.
The total playing time is 50 minutes.
Sound Track for a Low Budget Sci-Fi Movie, US Addresses, $8 plus $5 shipping/handling
Sound Track for a Low Budget Sci-Fi Movie, Overseas Addresses, $8 plus $8 shipping/handling
Also, visit my
Analog Music Synthesizers
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