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Adaptive music techniques

By Andrew R. Brown and Thorin Kerr


There are many interactive media systems, including computer games and media art works, in which it is desirable for music to vary in response to changes in the environment. In this paper we will outline a range of algorithmic techniques that enable music to adapt to such changes, taking into account the need for the music to vary in its expressiveness or mood while remaining coherent and recognisable. We will discuss the approaches which we have arrived at after experience in a range of adaptive music systems over recent years, and draw upon these experiences to inform discussion of relevant considerations and to illustrate the techniques and their effect.\u

Topics: 190406 Music Composition, 190407 Music Performance, generative music, algorithmic music, compter music
Publisher: Australasian Computer Music Association
Year: 2009
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