2017 – Probabilistic Creativity


In a probabilistic approach to creativity, it is the outliers that are of supreme interest. Though stable, the outputs of our generative processes that constitute the norm are pervasive and so not intrinsically captivating. Nonetheless, the norm plays a key role in a probabilistic paradigm since it is they that define the outliers. The outliers are the phenomena that occur outside the momentum of the massive flow of the norm. They act as catalysts for evolutionary progressions regardless of medium of observation.

In a stochastic approach to creativity, it is the outliers that are mined. Those statistically improbable combinations that occur form the foundation of explorations into the world that constitutes them. Further, after examination, analysis, and development, it is desirable that these outliers become the new norms. They are realized as the basis for generating related data and brought to the forefront. As such they become the center around which related phenomena revolves.

From this perspective, we can imagine constellations of phenomena that are drawn to these statistically improbable occurrences. They form novel galaxies of transformations based upon rule sets unlike those from which they were spawned, each revolving around the initial outlying quanta. We can further imagine endless iterations of this process, spawning new galaxies, all of which form multiverses of an ever broadening degree of multiplicity.

From this perspective we can witness the non-linear compositional process of the composer working from a probabilistic paradigm. If we were to view all possible combinations, and their endless evolutions, to encompass an infinite field of potential, the improbable becomes quite probable. In fact, it is the norm. We can therefore envisage a realization that the current norm was itself derived from an original outlier that evolved into a norm of such proportion that it achieved a critical mass from which outliers were inevitable.

As composers working with probabilistic means of creating unique constellations of data, we experience a multiverse that is breathing in the constant dance between the norm and the outliers. By pushing and stretching the norm we catalyze the outliers from which new norms are created, ad infinitum. It is this reiterative movement that appears as the universal expansion of all things. In this we play some small role in an ever-evolving multiverse of creativity.

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