Nodal Technical Papers

The following technical papers describe some of the design decisions behind Nodal, and details on its use and internal operation. Click on the links to download the papers.

J. McCormack and P. McIlwain, “Generative Composition with Nodal”, in E. R. Miranda (ed): A-Life for Music: Music and Computer Models of Living Systems, A-R Editions, Inc. Middleton, Wisconsin, 2011, pp. 99-113

McCormack, J., McIlwain, P., Lane, A. & Dorin, A. “Generative Composition with Nodal, in Workshop on Music and Artificial Life (part of ECAL 2007), E.R. Miranda (ed.) , Lisbon, Portugal, 2007. [PDF]

McIlwain, P., McCormack, J., Lane, A. & Dorin, A.”Composing With Nodal Networks”, in Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC), Haines (ed.), ACMA, Fitzroy, Australia 2006, pp. 101-7. [PDF]

McIlwain, P. & McCormack, J. “Design Issues in Musical Composition Networks”, in Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2005, Opie, T. and Brown, A. (eds), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 12 – 14 July 2005, pp. 96-101. [PDF]

Thank you! thank you! thank you! for this great piece of software. I have discovered it two days ago, and basically just spent two days and nights playing with it and making songs and beats.

— Nodal user Lemi

Nodal Research & Development

Nodal is currently developed at SensiLab, in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia.

Original concept: Jon McCormack
Development: Jon McCormack, Peter McIlwain
Engineering: Aidan Lane, Ross Bencina, Sam Trolland

The original funding for Nodal research and development was provided by an Arts/IT small grant and commercialisation development grant from Monash University.

Prizes & Awards

In 2012, Nodal was awarded the Eureka Prize for innovation in Computer Science.