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Author Rader, Gary M.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Heuristic programming ♦ Models of cognitive processes ♦ Formal languages ♦ Computer composition ♦ Music theory ♦ Artificial intelligence ♦ Probabilistic grammars ♦ Computer music
Abstract A method is described for composing musical rounds by computer. This method uses some music theory plus additional heuristics. Fundamental to the method is a set of productions together with sets of applicability rules and weight rules which operate on the productions deciding when and to what extent they are available for use.Several rounds generated by the computer implementation of the method are presented. Generally, the resultant music sounds mediocre to the professional although usually pleasing to the layman. It appears that full-blown music theory is not needed for rounds—all the hardware required for structural levels is not necessary for these pieces. The author has tried to address both musicians and computer scientists.
Description Affiliation: Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Rader, Gary M.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 17
Issue Number 11
Page Count 8
Starting Page 631
Ending Page 638


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Source: ACM Digital Library