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RPM 0207 (2007)

The rock and roll of the mid-to-late '70s with the musical production values of the mid-to-late '40s. Try track 5, "The Man Who Used to Hunt Cougars for Bounty" (Question: why is my preferred track always number 5? Nobody knows).

bad quarto* (2008)

Ten and a half songs about the plays of William Shakespeare sounding inexplicably as if they were recorded in about 1977. Try track 5, "The Archer."

Control Of Electromagnetic Radiation (2009)

Some folk guitar-based Dylan-y, Simon & Garfunkel type stuff, and some straight-up pop songs. Try track 5, "Pipe Dream," which was featured on NPR's Second Stage

The Calculus Affair (2010)

Kind of a 60's Beatles/Simon & Garfunkel/CSNY vibe, except with synths and drum machines.

The Book and Volume I (2011)

Songs with all lyrics from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

The Lossless Demos (2012)

Demos for the official soundtrack to the novel "Goodbye For Now," by Laurie Frankel.

nnCoection (2013)

Ten songs with music generated by "Magic Alex," an experimental software composition program.

The Opposition Party (2014)

Kind of like a folky XTC.

RPM0215 (2015)

Generation II of Autoharp. 10 songs composed by the machine, with lyrics and additional playing by Paul Mariz

Introduction to Machine Intelligence (2016)

Electronic Algorithmic Music generated by AutoHarp.

Split (2017)

After several years of making music with the aid of a computer program, I went ahead and made an album the old fashioned way. It's the kinda folk-rocky thing you'd have come to expect from The Calculus Affair, if in fact you had ever heard of The Calculus Affair. Which, let's face it, you haven't.

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The Calculus Affair

BIOGRAPHY

The Calculus Affair is the project of Seattle musician and software engineer Paul Mariz. The Calculus Affair's music is algorithmically generated by a software application authored by Paul called AutoHarp. It is part of an ongoing project investigating the nature of creativity and artificial intelligence.

BAND MEMBERS
Paul Mariz

YEARS COMPLETED
2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017

GENRES
Rock,Alternative Folk,Folk-Rock,Pop,Electronic Ambient

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.thecalculusaffair.com
http://www.facebook.com/thecalculusaffair


Completed Albums

RPM 0207(2007)

The rock and roll of the mid-to-late '70s with the musical production values of the mid-to-late '40s. Try track 5, "The Man Who Used to Hunt Cougars for Bounty" (Question: why is my preferred track always number 5? Nobody knows).


Freight Train
Alexandr (You Forgot To Be In Time)
Poor Young Man
Blue Venus
The Man Who Used To Hunt Cougars For Bounty   (preferred)
Crying Again
Bicycle Down The Hill
Like A Brother
My High School Mind
You Only Walk Away
Threnody

bad quarto*(2008)

Ten and a half songs about the plays of William Shakespeare sounding inexplicably as if they were recorded in about 1977. Try track 5, "The Archer."


Duke Of The Stratosphere
Every Day
Bone & Matter
Rude Mechanicals
The Archer   (preferred)
Prince Of Tyre
The Mob
Hell & Night
Q.E. I
Exit, Pursued By A Bear/Your Mother's A Statue
Coda (Duke Of The Stratosphere)

Control Of Electromagnetic Radiation(2009)

Some folk guitar-based Dylan-y, Simon & Garfunkel type stuff, and some straight-up pop songs. Try track 5, "Pipe Dream," which was featured on NPR's Second Stage


The Broadcast
Memphis
Good Day
The Logic of Ships
Pipe Dream   (preferred)
Stay With Me
New World/New Boy
No Match, No Situation
Sweet Time
Dirt From A Grave

The Calculus Affair(2010)

Kind of a 60's Beatles/Simon & Garfunkel/CSNY vibe, except with synths and drum machines.


Twisting
Everyone is in the House
Somnambularium
Our Books & Our Bed
A Bird & A Stone
My Heart in Two   (preferred)
She Said She Said
Billy Martin's Leaving the Band
Mary Jane
Lean Horse

The Book and Volume I(2011)

Songs with all lyrics from Shakespeare's Hamlet.


This Mortal Coil
Think of it
Oh My Prophetic Soul
Brevity is the Soul of Wit   (preferred)
And There is Much Music
The Plays the Thing
The Very Witching Time of Night
Infinite Jest
Let Be
The Treacherous Instrument

The Lossless Demos(2012)

Demos for the official soundtrack to the novel "Goodbye For Now," by Laurie Frankel.


Our Love Will Live Forever
Just This Once   (preferred)
Magic
Ghost in the Machine
Do Not Tell Us We Are Dead
Penny
Funeral Singer
Airplane
Do Not Look Now
How Little We Knew Of Love

nnCoection(2013)

Ten songs with music generated by "Magic Alex," an experimental software composition program.


Information
This Modern World
Be Here Now
A Tale for the Time Being
Favorite Things
Revisions
Quarantine
Muscle Memory
Weightless
Ur   (preferred)

The Opposition Party(2014)

Kind of like a folky XTC.


Saddest Eyes
Desperation Suits You
The Man Who Used To Hunt Cougars For Bounty
Interlude
Hollow Hellos   (preferred)
So Sorry Mrs. Brown
Close Your Eyes
Being In The World
Jenny
Just You and Your Madness
The Opposition Party

RPM0215(2015)

Generation II of Autoharp. 10 songs composed by the machine, with lyrics and additional playing by Paul Mariz


Stoner
Break Me in Two
She Says Hello
Joyful
Thief of the Daylight   (preferred)
Cars on the Overpass
Pick it on Up
Young Old Master
This Cosmic Place
It Washes You Away

Introduction to Machine Intelligence(2016)

Electronic Algorithmic Music generated by AutoHarp.


Introduction To Machine Intelligence
Look What I Got   (preferred)
Curioso
Alarm Clock
Industriale
The First Harm
Altered States
Eccentricity
I Can't Say
And Then We Came to the End

Split(2017)

After several years of making music with the aid of a computer program, I went ahead and made an album the old fashioned way. It's the kinda folk-rocky thing you'd have come to expect from The Calculus Affair, if in fact you had ever heard of The Calculus Affair. Which, let's face it, you haven't.


Green, Green, Green   (preferred)   Download
Saturnalia   Download
Little Ones   Download
Gift of the Magi   Download
The 200 Tongues of Love   Download
On Stephen's Feast Day   Download
Sol Invictus   Download
On New Year's Eve   Download
Quiet Moments   Download
I'm Ready For This   Download