*tone rows,*which represent pitches as numbers and manipulate the numbers in various ways to make melody and harmony. All that's needed to turn an intent into tone rows is a way to turn your intent into a series of numbers. So I decided to count the alphabet in modulos.

Modulos count up to a certain number before resetting back to 0. Technically, it's the remainder you would get if you divide the number in question by the modulo base, so for example 17 mod 9 is 8, because 17/9 is 1 with a remainder of 8. But for our purposes it's easier to think of modulos as being repeating number lines, so counting in mod 9 would be 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, then back to 0 again, and so on.

By counting the alphabet in modulos, you can turn words into tone rows. Mod 9 gives you numbers from 0-8, which can represent the major or minor scale (eg white notes on the piano starting on C or A). Mod 13 gives numbers from 0-12, which can represent the chromatic scale (all the notes on the piano). 0s then count as unisons.

Once you turn your intent into a string of numbers, it's usually relatively long. It's too long to be a memorable melody. So, the solution I prefer is to use it as harmony. Chop it up into 3 or 4 or 5 number sequences, and that way you get through the tone rows faster by simply playing multiple tones at once.

This leaves us still needing a melody, though, preferably one that's shorter than the harmonies since it'll only be one note at a time. I use an easy method - subtract the adjacent numbers from the harmony tone row to make a melody tone row. So, for example, 425633 would become 210, or (4-2),(6-5),(3-3). Then you can either use this as a normal tone row, with 0 meaning repeating a note, or as a series of intervals. It's artistic and also chaos magick, so it's ultimately up to you.

**An Example**

I used mod 9 to represent a C major scale.

CHAOTES DOT COM

becomes

2705140351253

which makes the harmony

DBB-GCF-FEG-CDGE

then I subtracted the pairs of harmony numbers to make the melody

5533433

which becomes

GGEEFEE

The result: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pnz8zn79hod7f ... l.mp3?dl=0