Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style

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MIT Press, 2004 - Computers - 565 pages
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Virtual Music is about artificial creativity. Focusing on the author's Experiments in Musical Intelligence computer music composing program, the author and a distinguished group of experts discuss many of the issues surrounding the program, including artificial intelligence, music cognition, and aesthetics.

The book is divided into four parts. The first part provides a historical background to Experiments in Musical Intelligence, including examples of historical antecedents, followed by an overview of the program by Douglas Hofstadter. The second part follows the composition of an Experiments in Musical Intelligence work, from the creation of a database to the completion of a new work in the style of Mozart. It includes, in sophisticated lay terms, relatively detailed explanations of how each step in the process contributes to the final composition. The third part consists of perspectives and analyses by Jonathan Berger, Daniel Dennett, Bernard Greenberg, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Steve Larson, and Eleanor Selfridge-Field. The fourth part presents the author's responses to these commentaries, as well as his thoughts on the implications of artificial creativity.

The book (and corresponding Web site) includes an appendix providing extended musical examples referred to and discussed in the book, including composers such as Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Debussy, Bartok, and others. It is also accompanied by a CD containing performances of the music in the text.

 

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Contents

Preface
vii
The CD
xi
FUNDAMENTALS
xv
Virtual Music
xvii
Staring Emmy Straight in the EyeAnd Doing My Best Not to Flinch
13
Response to Hofstadter
63
Composing StyleSpecific Music
73
The Importance of Patterns
89
Experiments in Musical Intelligence and Bach
199
Dear Emmy A Counterpoint Teachers Thoughts on the Experiments in Musical Intelligence Programs TwoPart Inventions
215
Who Cares if It Listens? An Essay on Creativity Expectations and Computational Modeling of Listening to Music
241
Collision Detection Muselot and Scribble Some Reflections on Creativity
261
A Few Standard Questions and Answers
271
RESPONSE AND PERSPECTIVES
285
Response to Commentaries
287
Perspectives and the Future
301

Structure
103
PROCESSES AND OUTPUT
115
Databases
117
Analysis
125
Themes and Variations
131
Interface
155
COMMENTARY
163
Composition Combinatorics and Simulation A Historical and Philosophical Enquiry
165
Bibliography
325
Mozart Databases
333
An Experiment in Musical Intellegence Mozart Movement
357
An Experiment in Musical Intelligence Mozart Reject
363
Virtual Music
369
The Game Key
537
Index
539
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About the author (2004)

Jeffrey Vanke is an assistant professor of history and international affairsat Guilford College.

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