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Evolutionary Computer Music

Editors: Miranda, Eduardo Reck, Biles, John Al (Eds.)

  • Offers perspectives based on the authors’ own research
  • Presents applications of evolutionary computation to music, and tools needed to create and study such systems
  • Includes contributions from experts from around the globe
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The evolutionary computation approach to music is an exciting new development for composers and musicologists alike. For composers, it provides an innovative and natural means for generating musical ideas from a specifiable set of primitive components and processes. For musicologists, these techniques are used to model the cultural transmission and change of a population's body of musical ideas over time. In both cases, musical evolution can be guided by a variety of constraints and tendencies built into the system, such as realistic psychological factors that influence the way music is expressed, experienced, learned, stored, modified, and passed on among individuals.

This book discusses not only the applications of evolutionary computation to music, but also the tools needed to create and study such systems. These tools are drawn in part from research into the origins and evolution of biological organisms, ecologies, and cultural systems on the one hand, and from computer simulation methodologies on the other. They can be combined to create surrogate artificial worlds populated by interacting simulated organisms in which complex musical experiments can be performed that would otherwise be impossible.

This authoritative book, with contributions from experts from around the globe, demonstrates that evolutionary systems can be used to create and to study musical compositions and cultures in ways that have never before been achieved.

 

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 Varèse Guest Professor of Computer Music at the Technical University of Berlin.

Al Biles is a Professor and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Information Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Between performances with GenJam over the last thirteen years, he has been active in helping establish information technology as a recognized academic discipline.

About the authors

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 Varèse 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.

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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)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Evolution in Creative Sound Design

    PALLE DAHLSTEDT

    Pages 79-99

  • Composing with Genetic Algorithms: GenDash

    RODNEY WASCHKA II

    Pages 117-136

  • Improvizing with Genetic Algorithms: GenJam

    JOHN A. BILES

    Pages 137-169

  • Swarming and Music

    TIM BLACKWELL

    Pages 194-217

  • Computational Evolutionary Musicology

    EDUARDO R. MIRANDA, PETER M. TODD

    Pages 218-249

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Computer Music
Editors
  • Eduardo Reck Miranda
  • John Al Biles
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84628-600-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84628-600-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84628-599-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 259
Number of Illustrations and Tables
97 b/w illustrations
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