The Exploration of Musical Space by Way of Genetic Algorithms

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  • The Exploration of Musical Space by Way of Genetic Algorithms

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  • This paper suggests evolution as an alternative to explicit design. The main ideas are: viewing research as an evolutionary process inspired by Darwinian theory of natural evolution, modeling musical composition as a process of optimization, seeing musical engineering as the exploration of the emergent properties of a complex dynamic system, and modeling this complex system as a one-dimensional cellular automaton. The interactive evaluation of the visual representations and their mapping to polyphonic MIDI streams involves selection, the application of genetic operators, and reproduction. A selective approach is implemented as part of a framework for musical experimentation written in HMSL.

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