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Stochata is the name of one of the earliest (1959) compositions of generative music, created by electronic engineer John R. Pierce with Bell Labs. I had the alias 'stochata' for many years before I heard of Pierce through a musical friend. Presumably both he and I thought of it through its connection with randomness, from stochastic, and musical composition, from toccata (the 'ch' in stochata is hard).
--stochata 16:05, 30 Jan 2005 (UTC)