Photos from HMSL exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015
HMSL is a music software project for real-time, algorithmic, experimental music makers, realized in its fullest form in the 1980s by Phil Burk, Larry Polansky, and David Rosenboom. A community of music makers, researchers, and investigators grew around HMSL, who collectively created a unique body of extraordinarily unique musical works. On 30 October 2015 an exhibition opened at Whitechapel Gallery in London, curated by Luke Fowler and Mark Fell, called Computers and Cooperative Music-Making. HMSL was featured in the exhibition along with the British project, CDP (Composers Desktop Project). Both HMSL and CDP were intended to enable individual users to create new musical worlds at a time when computing hardware and software designed for individuals—personal computers—were becoming more and more accessible. HMSL and CDP helped enable adventurous music makers to transform these new computing media into rich musical tools. The exhibition included displays of documents and manuscripts, along with videos and a listening room where musical examples could be experienced. Photos by David Rosenboom © 2015.
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