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Determinism and the False Collective: About Models of Time in Early Computer-Aided Composition

University of Paris VIII, Vincennces, France The late John Myhill 's talk, delivered at Norwestern University's 1978 International Computer Music Conference (Myhill 1979a, 1979b), contains some interesting ideas concerning the meaning of such pairs of oppositions as stochasticity vs. determinism, periodicity vs. non-periodicity, and culture-rooted vs. "trans-cultural" facts, in relation to such problems as stylistic coherence and the nature of music.