Testimonials tagged Music and Sound:
We've used your Random Number Generator on many occasions to perform various chance operations used for the purpose of assembling our recordings of John Cage's Number Pieces.
—Glenn Freeman, OgreOgress Productions, USA
I just wanted to say thanks for the free services rendered from Random.org. I learned a lot from the site, including how truly inferior computer generated pseudo-randomness is. After learning all about random numbers, I updated my musical note generation program to use Random.org, instead of the Rnd() function in Visual Studio. Basically, I use the program when I am stuck in songwriting to help inspire/write parts of songs, and I feel that much more confident knowing that the notes are, in fact, truly random.
I am using the List Randomizer to randomize lists of music chords so as to improve my skill at sight-reading music by practicing moving quickly from one chord to another on my musical instrument (upright bass) without either mind memory or ‘finger memory’ interfering by allowing me to increasingly do the exercise without actually having to read the chords. (I have found this to be a major fault with books supposedly designed to improve sight-reading.)
While I am sure that for this rather pedestrian purpose, a PRNG would serve as well as a TRNG, yours was the first List Randomizer I found after long web sessions of searching, and it's perfect for what I need. The nondeterministic feature of your TRNG—while perhaps overkill for my purpose—is definitely appealing.
—Jack Clark, Idyllwild, California, USA
Came across your web site some time ago when I was dithering over what CDs to put in my 12-CD cassette in my car. In those days I had in excess of 500 CDs, and could never make up my mind which ones to listen to. I was tending to put just my favourites in week after week. I googled ‘Random Number,’ and your site was the result. I have now well over 700 CDs and religously put in the CDs that the number generator commands.
Thanks for the service.
I am a musician with a general fascination with randomness, computational complexity and the like. I also use the generator to produce 12-note tone rows, in which the integers 0–11 stand for the pitches C–B.
Basically I just think the whole thing is cool and I just want to show my support by checking out all the services which are available.
My name is Jakub and I'm writing to thank you for the random number service that you have provided. Like many on your testimonial page, I have used the service and the numbers it provides to aid me in music composition using a mathematical music composition toolkit that I have devised myself. The aim is to create music procedurally with minimal human intervention without having it sound like 50s ‘blip-blop’ modernism. So far, the results have been very promising, in large part thanks to the ease of use and the quality of your random number generators.
I have a suggestion. Is there any plan or even a possibility of implementing a choice of different distributions of the numbers? The current setup produces integers with equal probability for each [white noise] but it would be good if the users could choose between different distributions such as white, pink and Brownian. This would be great, especially in the world of music.
Other than that, thanks once again for the great service. All the best to you.
I'm a professional cellist, and I have a study book of about a thousand short technical exercises. I use your site like the sax player, Jeff, to pick a few at random to work on when I practise, so that I'm always working on a different aspect of my playing. It helps keep my music fresh.
—Jonathan Draper, UK
Thank you for your random number service, I have downloaded your 10 MB pre-generated numbers to use them for generating random noise to be added as dither to audio files in our audio products. Dithering works by adding random noise when decreasing bit-depth, such as going from 24 bit to 16 bit, allowing low volume signals that would be normally decimated to still be present, whilst the random signal increases the noise floor it normally remains inaudible.
—Mr Spoon, dbPowerAMP
I'm yet another musician who has found Random.org very useful. Much of my music for jazz orchestra is centered around improvisation, so when I write certain passages (especially ones using twelve-tone rows), I don't want to influence the choices of notes and use your sequences tool. Also, I practice saxophone from a book with over 1300 scales & patterns to choose from. To keep things interesting, I have random.org give me 10 or 20 numbers for each day's practice. Thank you for the great site!
—Jeff Sackmann, Astoria, New York, USA
I'm an artist in New Harmony, Indiana. I've used your site to help generate a random sequece of elements for use in a ‘quasi’ random piece of music I'm completing. It's called The Utility Project, as all of the artists are playing a utilitarian role and allowing a pair of dice to make the creative decisions. I was very happy to discover Random.org.
—Doyle R. Dean
I am in your debt for providing a service compatible with directions in advanced musical composition. I have used your service to generate systems of random digits integral to my compositional processes. It will not come as a surprise if other artists exploring extended musical forms and cross-media find your help valuable in their work.
I am currently using your random number generator to produce lists of numbers from 0 to 11 (notes in the chromatic scale) and 0 to 6 (notes in a diatonic scale) that will later be assigned pitch names and used in a musical composition entitled, ‘Millennial Chances’ for violin, clarinet, and piano … a work commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, a trio in residence at Michigan State University. I wanted a composition whose pitch set is derived from random processes and have plans to to several more in the same vein. I've been looking for several years for a resource such as this as was pleasantly surprised to find your wonderful and useful tool.
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