As a person who’s written his own algorithmic composition patches in Max/MSP and supercollider, I can see some obvious merits when it comes to using algorithms as a sole composition tool or aid for composers, and I definitely think it’s good to break down the barriers and make the path to entry a lot easier for people of all stripes, for obvious reasons. That being said, there’s a lot of fart sniffing going on in that RA doc that kind of irks me. At it’s core, the music produced is still rooted in some preexisting genre (IDM, DnB, Acid, Techno, Ambient and so on) and yet the take away seems to be that it’s a whole new genre of music or scene, when in reality, it’s just a method of composition.
Probably the first to really go HAM with it for sure, but there were a lot of guys in and around that scene that were also utilizing max and whatnot (considering Kit Clayton works for C74.) There’s a google doc spreadsheet of their AMA with reddit and there’s some nice Max/MSP stuff in there also. They use the shit out of zl objects as I recall. Also reminds me I saw Jamie Lidell and Jimmy Edgar in Vancouver in '06 and tried to pick Jamie’s brain about Max/MSP because it seemed virtually impenetrable to me back then, all he said was “it’s easier than it seems.”
I can see sort of see why people would have issues with algorithms and the role they can play in society. When it comes to certain things (YouTube and Netflix come to mind) it tends to eliminate the critical faculties that you use when choosing things, instead deferring to a machine to in essence, make your tastes for you. That’s probably just the tip of it tho