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Rule-Based Analysis and Generation of Music

By Randall Richard Spangler and Randall R. Spangler


There are many people who have contributed, directly and indirectly, to work presented here on rule-based analysis and generation of music. Indisputably first and foremost among them is my thesis advisor, Rodney Goodman. His investigations in rulebased systems provide an essential foundation for exploration of their nature and uses. Without that foundation, this work could not have even been conceived. In addition to his contributions to the technical side of the work, he also shared with me his inspiration and excitement about the potential of computer-generated music. His encouragement, support, and expert professional guidance cannot be understated – I can only say that I count myself extremely lucky among graduate students. There are several people whose direct contributions to this work must also not go unmentioned. I thank Jim Hawkins for many engaging discussions on the musical implications of this work. I also thank William Lengefeld and Carol Moon, two of my professors at the Claremont Colleges, who provided me with important input during the initial formation of this project. Thanks must also be extended to the graduate students who helped develop the ITRULE algorithm and support algorithms: Padhric Smyth

Year: 1999
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