Exploring Generative Music: A talk and Question and Answer with Peter Chilvers

Membership plan: Going Deeper | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

Watch Peter Chilvers, world-leading expert on generative music, talk about his artistic process and answer questions from the live audience

“Generative musicians are a determined bunch, who choose to do things a difficult way in order to learn, to explore and to approach an idea from many different angles. Sometimes that process is as important as the artwork itself.”

These are the words of Peter Chilvers, the long-term Brian Eno collaborator, and programmer, keyboardist, and generative composer. Peter learned to program from his mother and has used it as a musical tool ever since, helping pioneer some of the most well-known generative music apps, such as Bloom and Reflection.


Who is this session for?

  • Ideal for those passionate about music and eager to explore new, innovative ways of creating and experiencing it
  • Perfect for individuals interested in the intersection of technology and art, particularly how programming can be used as a creative tool in music
  • A unique opportunity for followers of these influential artists to gain deeper insights into their collaborative works and the evolution of generative music

Session materials and Zoom link

  • Peter Chilvers Talk


  • An Internet connection

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Peter Chilvers is a musician and software designer. Best known for creating the iOs applications Bloom, Trope, Scape and Reflection with Brian Eno, he has also toured with Karl Hyde (Underworld) and recorded numerous albums with vocalists Tim Bowness and Sandra O’Neill, as well as several solo instrumental albums. Many of these were released through Burning Shed, the online label he co-founded in 2001 with Tim Bowness and Pete Morgan. Since 2006 he has worked as a musical and technical assistant to Brian Eno on projects including the soundtracks to The Lovely Bones and Spore, album collaborations with David Byrne and the Warp releases Small Craft on a Milk Sea, Drums Between the Bells and Lux. He worked as Assistant Producer on Eno’s 2016 release “The Ship” for which he also helped develop a multi-speaker installation which has been shown in many countries.

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Gregory Taylor
Gregory Taylor
22 days ago

As you can imagine, gen~erative music is um… an interest of mine. Count me in.

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
Reply to  Gregory Taylor
19 days ago

Great! See you there Gregory

Rob Randall
Rob Randall
Reply to  Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
16 days ago

Is there a recording?

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
Reply to  Rob Randall
15 days ago

it will be uploaded shortly

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
Reply to  Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
15 days ago

you can now watch the recording

Samarth Jairaman
Samarth Jairaman
16 days ago

Always been intimidated by music/sound making. Generative music does seem intriguing.

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
Reply to  Samarth Jairaman
15 days ago

what did you think of the event?

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