Fractal Music

Fractal Image

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 and parts of it have been moved to the Linux platform.

In the early 1990s, I attended a speech by Benoit Mandelbrot, the mathematician who brought fractals into the public eye. 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.

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 quite unique. 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 sound effects. Simply put, it's probably the weirdest sounding stuff you have ever heard. The disc contains a mix of fractals, Orbitar 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 page.

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