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Vince Schaefer plays music live, in a traditional drum set format. The music utilizes fractal and stochastic elements due to: Alternating and random set up of pads on the DrumKAT, which can be configured in groups from 2-8 and further controlled by a home base hit (reset to 1). These groups are generally set to a specific scale or chord or transposition, in order that while improvising, the music always retains some degree of a rule based structure.
1975 Definition: any of various extremely irregular curves or shapes for which any suitably chosen part is smaller in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified 1975 Merriam-Webster
fractal n : a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry                                                                                    1997 Princeton University
MATHEMATICS, graphics A fractal is a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided in parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a smaller copy of the whole. Fractals are generally self-similar (bits look like the whole) and independent of scale (they look similar, no matter how close you zoom in).Many mathematical structures are fractals; e.g. Sierpinski triangle, Koch snowflake, Peano curve, Mandelbrot set and Lorenz attractor. Fractals also describe many real-world objects that do not have simple geometric shapes, such as clouds, mountains, turbulence, and coastlines. Benoit Mandelbrot, the discoverer of the Mandelbrot set, coined the term "fractal" in 1975 from the Latin fractus or "to break". He defines a fractal as a set for which the Hausdorff Besicovich dimension strictly exceeds the topological dimension. However, he is not satisfied with this definition as it excludes sets one would consider fractals.
                                                                             1997 IDP French Dictionary
For more Information:
["The Fractal Geometry of Nature", Benoit Mandelbrot].
Stochastic 1 random, specifically: involving a random variable <a stochastic process> 2 involving chance or probability                                                                                               Merriam-Webster
First used musically by 18th century Swiss mathematician; Bernoulli, regarding mathematical laws of probability. Applied to Xenakis (1922) to musical procedures, whereby overall sound contours are determined, but inner details are left to chance, or worked out mathematically by the composer or a computer.Percussionist, soloist, drummer, uses stochastic methods to improvise music, on modern electronic drum set

Until now, restricted to the compositional process. >>>>>>

Fractal Based, and other Free software for creating Music

Art Song & Music Lab 1    members.aol.com

MusiNum                    www.forwiss.uni

FractMus                                   www.geocities.com

Shareware, Freeware, Software Synths    www.sonicspot.com

Fridge Crystals  Drum solo utilizing bass, marimba, Synth, and samples    Real Audio (short)

Involved Evolution Drummed guitar solo!      Real Audio (short)

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