Computer Models of Musical Creativity

David Cope


Computer Models of Musical Creativity

Computer Models of Musical Creativity

  • Title: Computer Models of Musical Creativity
  • Author: David Cope
  • ISBN: 9780262033381
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover



An examination of computational creativity in music offers a series of models that illustrate selected aspects of musical creativity and then presents a process that integrates these aspects and produces music creatively.In this original and provocative study of computational creativity in music, David Cope asks whether computer programs can effectively model creativity An examination of computational creativity in music offers a series of models that illustrate selected aspects of musical creativity and then presents a process that integrates these aspects and produces music creatively.In this original and provocative study of computational creativity in music, David Cope asks whether computer programs can effectively model creativity and whether computer programs themselves can create Defining musical creativity, and distinguishing it from creativity in other arts, Cope presents a series of experimental models that illustrate salient features of musical creativity He makes the case that musical creativity results from a process that he calls inductive association, and he contends that such a computational process can in fact produce music creatively Drawing on the work of many other scholars and musicians including Douglas Hofstadter, Margaret Boden, Selmer Bringsjord, and Kathleen Lennon Cope departs from the views expressed by most with his contentions that computer programs can create and that those who do not believe this have probably defined creativity so narrowly that even humans could not be said to create.After examining the foundations of creativity and musical creativity, Cope describes a number of possible models for computationally imitating human creativity in music He discusses such issues as recombinance and pattern matching, allusions, learning, inference, analogy, musical hierarchy, and influence, and finds that these experimental models solve only selected aspects of creativity He then describes a model that integrates these different aspects an inductive association computational process that can create music Cope s writing style is lively and nontechnical the reader needs neither knowledge of computer programming nor specialized computer hardware or software to follow the text.The computer programs discussed in the text, along with MP3 versions of all the musical examples, are available at the author s website, http arts.ucsc faculty cope.


Recent Comments "Computer Models of Musical Creativity"

Let me say up front that I haven’t read this book in its entirety. Because half of it is unnecessary and frustrating, a disingenuous attempt to elevate the book beyond the application of a set of processes in the service of producing art, I couldn’t bear reading it from cover-to-cover. I will assay the book again at some point in the future.You know a book is in trouble when its first order of business is to trot out the hoary cliché of dictionary definitions in its first few pages and, wor [...]


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