A Computer-Assisted Approach to Composing with MaestroGenesis

Paul A. Szerlip, Amy K. Hoover, Kenneth O. Stanley
2012 Zenodo  
This demonstration presents MaestroGenesis, a program that helps users create complete polyphonic musical pieces from as little as a simple, human composed monophonic melody. MaestroGenesis creates music by exploiting two key ideas behind the functional scaffolding for musical composition (FSMC) approach: (1) that music a function of time and (2) that functional transformations of initial human starting melodies, or scaffolds, inherit some of the essential human qualities contained in the
more » ... ld. Music in FSMC is represented as a functional relationship between the scaffold and a generated accompaniment. The GUI helps users evolve these functions by importing and developing their music through a breeding process akin to animal breeding, called interactive evolutionary computation. Some resulting pieces are indistinguishable from completely human-composed pieces.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4285443 fatcat:bladqt7tanfs7ied4qo62q4sle