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A Dadaist Guide to Computers

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Mozart enjoyed the occasional game of ‘Musikalisches Würfelspiel’ (musical dice-playing). In this game, sections of music are assigned a numeric value. Dice are thrown, and the numbers shown on the dice determine which sections are included in a new greater piece and in which order. This practice of harnessing chance to aid the creative process is know as aleatoricism (‘alea’ is the Latin word for dice-rolling games).

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