Turing Machine - HOW2

»This musical evolution is paralleled by the multiplication of machines.« (Luigi Russolo)
The idea to the CD-Production „Turing Machine“ appeared during HOW2’s work on Alex Buess’ composition »N.S. Turing Machine Version«.
a Turing Machine consists of:
A TAPE which is divided into cells, one next to the other. Each cell contains a symbol from some finite alphabet. The alphabet contains a special blank symbol and one or more other symbols. The tape is assumed to be arbitrarily extendable to the left and to the right. The Turing machine is always supplied with as much tape as it needs for its computation.
A HEAD that can read and write symbols on the tape and move the tape left and right one (and only one) cell at a time. In some models the head moves and the tape is stationary.
A state register that stores the state of the Turing table, one of finitely many. There is one special start state with which the state register is initialized. These states, writes Turing, replace the „state of mind“ a person performing computations would ordinarily be in.
The machine always takes in one of finite many states. A machine-table, its program, describes, what the machine is doing if it finds in a certain state a certain symbol on the just scanned cell. Its repertoir of behaviour is limited, it can move one cell to the left or one to the right, write one symbol on the tape, change the state or Stop. „Martin Warnke: The medium in Turings Machine, from »HyperKult“
Turing’s Machine was, as we know, never built, but his idea of an independent functioning machine, or even of a rebuilt human is still more actual than ever before. Machines and automats take more and more a central position in our life. We live with them, work with them, they get more and more to a part of us. And this evolution is not finished yet. „The Humanity, the human being, is only a passage on the way of the evolution. We are not the final peak in the evolution of the nature. The time has come for us to take our destiny in our own hands and accelerate our progression into transhumanity.“ (Max More)
In this direction develops also our music, it gets to sort of a cyborg which we can also see in Turin’s Machine. The only pure acoustic pieces on this CD „Puls I+II“ and „Psappha“ are about the most basic elements of percussion and drums, the rhythm, even these compositions are based on machinic beats. Psappha can be seen as sort of an archaic future-music, because the composer connects the rhythm (on which the piece is reduced in a radical way) with machine-like sounds which still today, 30 years after the creation of the piece, sound very actual and revolutionary. It was not our intention to create just another record with percussion-music, rather to bring up a reaction on our high-tech, industrial evolution which we go with.