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Musical Chess

Beth Block shot and edited this video excerpt of my piece ‘Kasparov vs. Deep Blue’ at last June’s concert in Eagle Rock. In this piece, a computer-chess engine produces music in real-time as actors recreate a famous chess match on a chess board which is wired to the computer. The music is a very literal representation of what the chess computer is thinking.

This is one of six videos from the ‘Cams, Cranks, and Computers’ concert you’ll find on YouTube. Enjoy!

2 Responses to “Musical Chess”

  1. Jared Says:

    Whoooaaaaaa, cool. Did you write the software to do that?

  2. jbum Says:

    Indeed I did. I wrote a musical chess engine which outputs MIDI events. It was written originally in Processing (based on an old Reversi/Othello engine of mine) and then ported to Java.