Listen: Gliding (2nd Version)

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Gliding (2nd Version)

Gliding is an algorithmic piece generated in Mathematica, Wolfram Research Inc., by the 3-color Cellular Automaton 6148201356997. The evolutionary property of this CA is a uniform, repetitive background with discrete streams of irregular cell distribution, called gliders. The random initial conditions, 100 cells wide, generate gliders which increase and decrease in an unpredictable way until they eventually settle, forming cyclic behavior; repetition of a simple pattern. The electronic section comes from two simultaneous processes of settling which generate the form of the piece, as well as pitch, rhythm and register placement. The percussion part is based on improvisation, giving reference points in time and forming metric grouping. The only sustained sound in the piece, produced by a scratched cymbal, creates an additional layer, hovering over the structure of the piece as a kind of an echo of a hidden melody.

Past Events

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Non Event

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Katarina Miljkovic


8pm, Café Fixe, Brookline

Pi Day

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Sierpinski Triangle in 43 steps

MIE concert

Go1, New England Conservatory of Music


White City

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Diamand La Berge Dramm, violin

Katarina Miljkovic, electronics

Brown Hall

New England Conservatory of Music

Images of Randomness

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Music and video, Katarina Miljkovic

Klangwerktage festival


Harry Partch Festival

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Sierpinski Triangle in 43 steps

for electronics

8pm Brown Hall, Boston

Upcoming Events

Cracking: Video

A new piece, Cracking, inspired by A New Kind of Science, has been evolving in collaboration with, Dawn Kramer, choreography, movement and Stephen Buck, video and lighting.

Cracking takes us on a journey through classes of complexity in movement, body projection and sound.

Video for this project is available on the videos page.

Contact Information


Katarina Miljkovic
New England Conservatory
290 Gainsborough St.
Boston, MA 02115-5018


Jordan Hall

A new CD, Disarray, for electronics and drums, in collaboration with Peter Negroponte is in preparation. Look for the release date and promotional concerts.

I am honored to announce the release of my composition, Threads, in interpretation of the pianist Branko Pencic, on the series Identities of Serbian Music in XX-XXI Century. The series is issued by the Musicology Institute of Serbian Academy of Science and Art. Many thinks to Melita Stefanovic for making this release possible.

CD, Reflections by violinist Ana Milosavljevic, featuring my piece, White City, as well as works by Ana Milosavljevic, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Eve Beglarian, Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, and Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols, is released on Innova Recordings on October 26th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cellular Automata

The following pieces are result of my ongoing research on mapping cellular automata to music. Generative sound is always coupled with live performance of some kind, often improvisation, to contrast and enrich the mechanical aspects of electronic part. All of the chosen cellular automata are from the book A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram. Support from Wolfram Research team and Stephen Wolfram himself have been invaluable contribution to this enterprise.

For a complete list of cellular automata pieces, click here.