The analogies toy: poetic algorithm as a composition strategy


  • Armando Lôbo



This article aims to propose a ludic general strategy for composing music inspired by poetic analogies. It tries to expand the perspectives of algorithmic composition by considering multi-layered extramusical ideas as valid, successive steps to reach specific creative goals in music. While metaphorically preserving an overall algorithmic intention, this conception proposes the use of interdisciplinary factors as an alternative to mathematical procedures in formal plans of composition.


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Biografia do Autor

Armando Lôbo

Brazilian composer and researcher, Armando Lôbo develops varied musical genres, making use of experimental hues in an intense symbiosis with literature and philosophy. Lôbo has released 5 albums and received important awards for his work in contemporary classical music as well as in popular music, which attests his truly eclectic openness to various languages. Important musical groups in Brazil, Europe and the United States have performed his pieces and songs. Lôbo lectured composition at the Brazilian Conservatoire of Music (2008-2014) and at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2017). He holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Edinburgh. ORCID: E-mail:


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Lôbo, A. (2020). The analogies toy: poetic algorithm as a composition strategy. Revista Vórtex, 8(1), 1–7.