Implications from music generation for music appreciation

Amy K. Hoover, Paul A. Szerlip, Kenneth O. Stanley

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Abstract

This position paper argues that fundamental principles that are exploited to achieve effective music generation can also shed light on the elusive question of why humans appreciate music, and which music is easiest to appreciate. In particular, we highlight the key principle behind an existing approach to assisted accompaniment generation called functional scaffolding for musical composition (FSMC). In this approach, accompaniment is generated as a function of the preexisting parts. The success of this idea at generating plausible accompaniment according to studies with human participants suggests that perceiving a functional relationship among parts in a composition may be essential to the appreciation of music in general. This insight is intriguing because it can help to explain without any appeal to traditional music theory why humans with no knowledge or training in music can nevertheless find satisfaction in coherent musical structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2013
EditorsMary Lou Maher, Tony Veale, Rob Saunders, Oliver Bown
PublisherFaculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney
Pages92-96
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781742103174
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2013 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: Jun 12 2013Jun 14 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2013

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2013
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period6/12/136/14/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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