Future Alice Ver. 3.0 - The Alles Project

The Screens of Alles

 

The ALLES (Alice) Project

There is one more Rabbit Hole that may be the most profound of all. It is the Alles (aka Alice) Project. And it  may change the course… of well... everything. But that’s sort of the very nature of Rabbit Holes. Thus… (drum roll)…

The Alles (Alice) Project

The Alles Project is a journey that peers past the horizon… past Virtual Reality, Web 3.0 and the Metaverse… toward the far future… of music and sound. The goals is to explore new worlds. To extend our imagination of what is possible... what is meaningful... and what is beautiful. 

Welcome to a Sonic Rabbit Hole where we visit:

  • New terrains of algorithmic permutational patterns... recursive loops, emergent, and fractal sequencing, multiple non-linear time., algorithmic generated tuning systems.
  • A place where the listener is surrounded (360 degrees) by a constellation of points of sound - where the listener walks into a point of sound to discover a totally new universe of sound and music.
  • A world where islands of music float in space. Each island represents alternative worlds of tonality and harmony… revealing other worldly feelings and emotions.
  • As holograms of light create three dimensional images that float in space, 3D images of holographic sound re(creates) sound in all its dimensionality.
  • An environment where “living presence” is a digital reality… reestablishing the depth of human to human contact digitally... systems that encode the unheard elements of sound (subharmonics and overtones) and reproduce the sounds of the invisible faithfully.

The Alles (Alice) Project is inspired by one of the most important of rabbit holes: the first digital synthesizer developed at Bell Laboratories in the 1970s.  The ALLES Machine was originally named after its developer, Hall Alles. However, it was affectionately dubbed “Alice” in recognition of all the baby “rabbit holes” it opened for just about everyone who came into contact with the machine. The underlying machinery, both hard and soft, influenced technologies and opened entire new realms of sound and music. Our initial software programs emulate the algorithmic permutations used in the Alles Machine. (Listen to Don Slepian’s “Sea of Bliss”.)

And then there is Bell Labs itself, one of the most important source of rabbit holes in human history. The fable includes Max Matthews' creation in 1957 of the first music software, MUSIC-N. Our story also includes some of the best kept secrets of Bell Labs... tales of what happened late in the night… once the regular lab rats had gone home. Only then did the other side emerge, the night folks, dabbling and dawdling, creating the very foundations of all modern digital arts.

Stay tuned: More to come.

Picture of Don Slepian at work with The Alles Machine (1980)

Our Team

Charles (Chuck) Heaton – Programmer-in-Chief.

Stuart Diamond: It’s complicated.

Don Slepian: The first “Artist in Residence“ at Bell Labs.

Glenn Cornett: An MD, PhD biotech wiz, and founder of Spectrum, New York’s leading experimental music center (2400 concerts in 10 years and counting). A definitive rabbit hole in its own right.

Matt Reid: Composer of concert, film, and theater music (and music director of Second City Toronto).

The Labratory

First Experiments

The Cosmic Scream

The Cosmic Scream was generated by the algorithm associated with The Fibonacci Sequence or The Golden Mean. When laid out on a time line it creates a sonic recursive loop. The images appears to be similar to how we commonly imagine a Spiral Nebulae or perhaps  a Black Hole. One listener described it as the Scream heard at the Birth of the Universe.  

Palindrome

Palindrome takes the first half of the Cosmic Scream sequence and then reverses it and ties it back to itself to create a prefect palindrome. The composition is then split into layers and each layer is assigned to different instruments' to create a chamber music composition.

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