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Algorithms for musical composition: a question of granularity

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1 Author(s)
Smoliar, S.W. ; Inst. of Syst. Sci., Nat. Univ. of Singapore, Kent Ridge, Singapore

Early approaches to computer-generated music are examined, and it is argued that making music is concerned with a higher level of granularity than that of the notes on music paper. Work in artificial intelligence shows that low-level decisions such as the selection of individual notes may actually be subordinate to a model-based control structure, the models being examples of how problems have been resolved. It is suggested that the search for algorithmic rules should be directed by two questions: how to identify units of material of the appropriate granularity, and, given a collection of those units, how to properly assemble them.<>

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Computer  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 7 )