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This profile was last updated on 5/1/05  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Shift.com - profile - MUSIMATICIAN
www.shift.com, 1 May 2005 [cached]
Phil Thompson has created a music composition program called Venharis that's part game, part fractal music generator.It brings new meaning to the term "playing" music.
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Name: Phil Thompson
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Other work: Phil Thompson works as a computer consultant for clients such as M&S, Reuters and NYNEX.He also does graphic design work and music remixes.
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Thompson says the idea for Venharis came in part from his dreams.Before Venharis, Thompson wrote Gingerbread, a program to generate fractal music.
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Thompson describes the process of creating fractal music as an exploration, or a discovery.He speaks of "exploring fractals" and "finding nice pieces of music."Similarly, figuring out how to use his 3D environment is also a process of discovery.
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Thompson says that although he deliberately designed the 3D environment to be unintimidating and child-like, underneath the graphics lies a very sophisticated music generator and composer.
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Not in the traditional sense: Phil Thompson doesn't sing or play an instrument.He describes himself as a "musimatician" -- a play on words referring to the mathematical process of deriving fractal music.To generate only fractal music, you don't need any music theory at all.The interface takes a little getting used to, but Thompson suggests that even children could use his software, although he adds that they may need supervision to understand some of the advanced features.And he suggests that there are many other things that Venharis can be used for."I'm only learning to use it myself," he says.Although he stated publicly that he wasn't going to compose any more fractal music, he's reneged -- he's going to write a new album with Venharis.
Can you win Venharis?The story revolves around the return of a prophesied messiah.According to Thompson, "There is actually a way in the system where you can become the 'chosen one.' So there is kind of a way to win."He wouldn't give any more details, except that there is an end sequence.
Shift.com - profile - MUSIMATICIAN
www.shift.com, 4 Dec 2003 [cached]
Name: Phil Thompson
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Other work: Phil Thompson works as a computer consultant for clients such as M&S, Reuters and NYNEX.He also does graphic design work and music remixes.
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Thompson says the idea for Venharis came in part from his dreams.Before Venharis, Thompson wrote Gingerbread, a program to generate fractal music.
Shift.com - profile - MUSIMATICIAN
www.shift.com, 9 Aug 2002 [cached]
Name: Phil Thompson
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Other work: Phil Thompson works as a computer consultant for clients such as M&S, Reuters and NYNEX.He also does graphic design work and music remixes.
Samples:Samples of music produced with Venharis.
Fractal music resources:discovery.comthe fractal music lab
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Thompson says the idea for Venharis came in part from his dreams.Before Venharis, Thompson wrote Gingerbread, a program to generate fractal music.Fractal music is based on a mathematical principle in which you repeatedly "break up" elements, and then break up the resulting elements, creating infinite and complex patterns.By assigning number values to notes, a fractal music generator can apply a formula and mathematically devise an infinite sequence of generated notes.
Using his own software, he recorded a CD of his fractal music compositions called Organised Chaos.Other fractal musicians began to use Gingerbread.CNET.com called it "revolutionary," and ZDNet.com listed it as an "Editor's Pick."
Phil Thompson's ...
www.yarwell.demon.co.uk, 29 July 2001 [cached]
Phil Thompson's PageReutersS & P ComstockSucden (UK) LimitedTechnical Consultants - new Sugaronline partner SKIL - Sugar Knowledge InternationalSugaronlineSopex LondonSUGARONLINE GREATER EUROPE SITE HAS LAUNCHED
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