MaestroGenesis: Computer-assisted musical accompaniment generation

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

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This demonstration presents an implementation of a computer-assisted approach to music generation called functional scaffolding for musical composition (FSMC) whose representation facilitates creative combination, exploration, and transformation of musical ideas and spaces. The approach is demonstrated through a program called MaestroGenesis with a convenient GUI that makes it accessible to even non-musicians. Music in FSMC is represented as a functional relationship between an existing human composition, or scaffold, and a generated accompaniment. This relationship is represented by a type of artificial neural network called a compositional pattern producing network (CPPN). A human user without any musical expertise can then explore how accompaniment can relate to the scaffold through an interactive evolutionary process akin to animal breeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2012
PublisherUniversity College Dublin
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781905254668
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2012 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: May 30 2012Jun 1 2012


Other3rd International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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