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Evolutionary Computer Music

By Eduardo Reck Miranda (Edited by), John Al Biles (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 259 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2007
This book discusses the applications of evolutionary computation to music and the tools needed to create and study such systems. These tools can be combined to create surrogate artificial worlds populated by interacting simulated organisms in which complex musical experiments can be performed. The book demonstrates that evolutionary systems can be used to create and to study musical compositions and cultures in ways that have never before been achieved.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Evolutionary Computing for Musicians.- Evolutionary Computation for Musical Tasks.- Evolution in Digital Audio Technology.- Evolution in Creative Sound Design.- Experiments in Generative Musical Performance with a Genetic Algorithm.- Composing with Genetic Algorithms: GenDash.- Improvizing with Genetic Algorithms: GenJam.- Cellular Automata Music: From Sound Synthesis to Musical Forms.- Swarming and Music.- Computational Evolutionary Musicology.

About the Author

Eduardo Reck Miranda is a Professor in Computer Music at the University of Plymouth, UK, where he heads the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). He has recently been appointed the Edgard Varese Guest Professor of Computer Music at the Technical University of Berlin. Al Biles has been applying evolutionary computation to music since 1993, when he built the first of many versions of GenJam, the Genetic Jammer. Since that time he and GenJam have performed around the world together, and Al has watched the field of evolutionary computer music emerge as a fascinating creative enterprise. Al is Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Information Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology.


From the reviews: "Evolutionary computation currently plays a dual role in the analysis and development of musical compositions and ideas. ... help musicologists understand the transformation of musical theory and the adaptation of musical components over time. ... This book investigates not only the applications of evolutionary computation to music, but also the components needed to compose musical pieces and the systems that integrate these technologies. ... this book is a welcome source of information." (R. Goldberg, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (8), August, 2008)

EAN: 9781846285998
ISBN: 1846285992
Publisher: Springer
Dimensions: 23.29 x 16.41 x 1.3 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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