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English definition

Stochastic music is based on a process in which the probabilities of proceeding from one state, or set of states, is defined. The temporal evolution of the process is therefore governed by a kind of weighted randomness, which can be chosen to give anything from an entirely determined outcome, to an entirely unpredictable one. (Source - Trevor Wishart (1994). Audible Design. York: Orpheus the Pantomime.)

Sunday 2 January 2005, by Rob Weale