Automatic composition of electroacoustic art music utilizing machine listening

Collins, Nick (2012) Automatic composition of electroacoustic art music utilizing machine listening. Computer Music Journal, 36 (3). pp. 8-23. ISSN 01489267

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This article presents Autocousmatic, an algorithmic system that creates electroacoustic art music using machine-listening processes within the design cycle. After surveying previous projects in automated mixing and algorithmic composition, the design and implementation of the current system is outlined. An iterative, automatic effects processing system is coupled to machine-listening components, including the assessment of the “worthiness” of intermediate files to continue to a final mixing stage. Generation of the formal structure of output pieces utilizes models derived from a small corpus of exemplar electroacoustic music, and a dynamic time-warping similarity-measure technique drawn from music information retrieval is employed to decide between candidate final mixes. Evaluation of Autocousmatic has involved three main components: the entry of its output works into composition competitions, the public release of the software with an associated questionnaire and sound examples on SoundCloud, and direct feedback from three highly experienced electroacoustic composers. The article concludes with a discussion of the current status of the system, with regards to ideas from the computational creativity literature, among other sources, and suggestions for future work that may advance the compositional ability of the system beyond its current level and towards human-like expertise.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > M Music > M0005 Instrumental music > M1470 Aleatory music. Electronic music. Mixed media
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0040 Composition. Elements and techniques of music
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Depositing User: Nick Collins
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 14:10
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 14:10
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