I’ve been kept busy by Schrödinger, Fourier and Dirac lately, but I had some free time finally and put together a more refined way to derive musical (or so) structures out of one dimensional cellular automata system. Partly inspired by the excelent lectures on early finnish experimental electronic music scene at the local media art museum (see http://mansedanse.com/events_fi.html).
The algorithm quantizes the chromatic scale down to any arbitrary scale and picks up two notes to be played. This produces a more music-like result than the total chaos of applying the whole automata state straight to the chromatic scale.. though I’m not saying that it can’t produce interesting results.
Here is the MATLAB code responsible for these, keep in mind though that the quantizer code was written in the middle of the night (I think you can tell) so there are probably some glitches to it.