Composing computer generated music, an observational study using IGME: the Interactive Generative Music Environment

Samuel J Hunt, Tom Mitchell, Chris Nash
2020 Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression  
Computer composed music remains a novel and challenging problem to solve. Despite an abundance of techniques and systems little research has explored how these might be useful for end-users looking to compose with generative and algorithmic music techniques. User interfaces for generative music systems are often inaccessible to non-programmers and neglect established composition workflow and design paradigms that are familiar to computer-based music composers. We have developed a system called
more » ... he Interactive Generative Music Environment (IGME) that attempts to bridge the gap between generative music and music sequencing software, through an easy to use score editing interface. This paper discusses a series of user studies in which users explore generative music composition with IGME. A questionnaire evaluates the user's perception of interacting with generative music and from this provide recommendations for future generative music systems and interfaces.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4813222 fatcat:vhyfeewes5bxzamquqf76fjgmy