At the Crossroads of Evolutionary Computation and Music: Self-Programming Synthesizers, Swarm Orchestras and the Origins of Melody

Eduardo Reck Miranda
2004 Evolutionary Computation  
This paper introduces three approaches to using Evolutionary Computation (EC) in Music (namely, engineering, creative and musicological approaches) and discusses examples of representative systems that have been developed within the last decade, with emphasis on more recent and innovative works. We begin by reviewing engineering applications of EC in Music Technology such as Genetic Algorithms and Cellular Automata sound synthesis, followed by an introduction to applications where EC has been
more » ... where EC has been used to generate musical compositions. Next, we introduce ongoing research into EC models to study the origins of music and detail our own research work on modelling the evolution of melody. Keywords Self-programming audio synthesizers, cellular automata music, generative music, evolution of music, adaptive behaviour, cultural evolution. c 2004 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Evolutionary Computation 12(2): 137-158
doi:10.1162/106365604773955120 pmid:15157372 fatcat:imh3zj7rljgxnmj27npewl27ua