Strain Ten made use of a non-real time C++ genetic algorithm to develop synthetic source material. An initial population of virtual sound producing organisms combined and produced offspring with inherited parameters. Stochastic environmental parameters determined which organisms were allowed to live and pass traits, thus shaping the timbral characteristics of future generations. Strain Ten itself was not determined wholly by the genetic algorithm; sounds produced by the algorithm were used freely. In order to facilitate this use, rendered sounds were self-organized into a taxonomic file structure.
Aaron Anderson completed his bachelor degrees at Ball State University in Music Technology and Music Composition and more recently completed his MM in Music Technology at Georgia Southern University. He has had works presented at SEAMUS (2013, 2015, 2016), ICMC (2015), Root Signals (2014, 2015, 2017), NYCEMF (2015), The Electroacoustic Barn Dance (2013, 2014, 2015), Ball State New Music Festival (2015), Electronic Music Midwest (2013), Threshold (2012, 2014), and N_SEME (2013, 2014). Two works were released on CD in 2016: the SEAMUS Electroacoustic Miniatures, "Sonic Haiku," and the EMPiRES compilation CD. Aaron is currently employed by the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University.