Dancing Wu Wei (2010) is a generative animation created with the Processing programming language. It is accompanied by my own generative music, Beneath the Surface. Taken together, the two are meant to form an audio-visual experience of contemplation or meditation. Wu Wei is a Toaist concept that describes ‘effortless doing’. The sense of movement in the work is informed by my personal experience of Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and meditation. Both the graphics and the music are generated by intentionally using a minimal amount of code, so that the ‘effortless doing’ is reflected in the composing, as well as in its outcome.
Ron Herrema is a composer, teacher and researcher working at De Montfort University’s Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre in Leicester, England. He is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and received his PhD in composition from Michigan State University, where he studied with Mark Sullivan. Other teachers have included Gerard Pape and Julio Estrada at the Center for Computer Music Iannis Xenakis, Paris.
He composes both acoustic and electroacoustic music, with a particular emphasis on algorithmic composition. In recent years he has also produced graphic art, in the realms of both photography and generative animation. His research has dealt with relationships between music and architecture, between music technology and politics, and between creativity and social software. His solo CD ‘Changing Weights’ was published by Capstone Records, and his compositions have been played internationally in concerts presented by such organizations as the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Sonic Arts Network (UK), Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, the International Computer Music Association, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden, and the Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States, among others.