Sunday, June 17, 2012

Computer Programs That Write Music

A Canadian audience went to a world premier of new compositions. They liked computer-generated music as much as music written by human beings. Those who considered themselves to be musically knowledgeable scored the same as those who thought themselves to be musical amateurs.

Original music is fast becoming something we can ask for from a program.
"The key findings: "The audience did not discern computer-composed from human-composed material." Listeners generally considered the works appealing, but they found the human-composed works no more enjoyable than those created by computers.

"What’s more, the listeners who described themselves as musically knowledgeable were no more likely to discriminate between the two than were the musical novices."

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