Musical Parameters


In coming up with a list of musical parameters that are interesting to change I used different sources from workshops and classes1 at the Conservatorium Maastricht to research in the field of music education2 and perception.3 The overall musical design process was less planed and iterative as the following table would suggest. Intuition; faisabitlty in regard to the software used (here mostly fmod); time and budget constraints; testing, personal live concert experience; all played a role in the final decisions.

Musical Parameter Audience Change Perception
Melody high
Harmony medium
Rhythm/Groove high
Orchestration medium
Form low
Dynamics medium
Colour low
Register low

The impact on the perception of the audience is a key element, but one of the objectives was also to analyze if the tools, methods and research into randomness could lead to interesting results from the perspective of the composer or performer for whom all parameters are essential.

Recording November to March 2022

The recordings were done during several sessions in different studios. The different takes for all instruments and variations recorded into Pro Tools:


  1. table adapted from a class by Jesse Passenier the arranging and Jazz Master coordinator at the Conservatorium Maastricht, during the Master of Music Jazz program↩︎

  2. chapter on “The Parameters of Music Education”. Swanwick, K. (2015). A Developing Discourse in Music Education (The selected works of Keith Swanwick). Routledge. ↩︎

  3. Friberg, A., Schoonderwaldt, E., & Hedblad, A. (2011). Perceptual ratings of musical parameters. Gemessene Interpretation-Computergestützte Aufführungsanalyse Im Kreuzverhör Der Disziplinen, Mainz: Schott, 237–253. ↩︎