sandpile music

Here are some pieces of music created using the abelian sandpile model. See my colloquium talk (Chico State Colloquium, Fall 2019), as well as a paper (BRIDGES conference, 2019) and the accompanying conference talk that explain the dynamical system and how it generates the music.

A IV-V-I progression on a 15x15 grid

A piece on a 9x9 grid where the x-axis modulates note length and the y-axis modulates note onset

A longer piece on a 41x41 grid.

Three small examples on an 11x11 grid: I II III

A few experiments with random note values: I II III