A Composer’s Search for Creativity Within Computational Style Modeling

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  • MetaCreators: The Generative Artists

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  • A Composer’s Search for Creativity Within Computational Style Modeling

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  • (Long paper)

    Keywords: Creativity, computational creativity, generative art, style imitation, David Cope, Experiments in Musical Intelligence, postmodernism.

    Computational style modeling involves building a computational representation of the surface of musical works, one that captures features of rhythm, melody, harmony, and structure within its patterns. While such models are useful for musicological purposes, the creative use of these models to generate new music consistent within a given style raises a critical question: can generative music based upon a corpus be considered creative? This paper addresses this question, examining how creativity has been historically viewed, and discusses recent research into creativity. Examples of computational creativity by the author using both rule-based and corpus-based systems will be discussed.

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