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Arts & Entertainment - July 11, 2014

The creativity of 'karma'

Stanford's CCRMA has been pushing the limits of computer-based music for 50 years

by Nick Veronin

Approaching the jagged coastline of the computer-rendered island, with the choppy, digital sea below and the alien rock formations off in the distance, a soft hum becomes audible. As the mainland comes into focus, the hum grows louder. Notes of varying timbre become more distinct and harmonies emerge. It sounds a bit like a symphony warming up, or the early strains of some Brian Eno-esque drone recording. High above, a cluster of massive boulders are suspended in midair — reminiscent of the science-fiction dream world of James Cameron's "Avatar."

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