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Automating the Composition of Popular Music: The Search For a Hit

By Timothy A. Millea and Jonathan P. Wakefield


Automated composition may be regarded as a search within the space defined by a datatype representing musical compositions. We develop a hierarchical representation of popular music compositions with the aim of increasing the probability of finding potential hits. Musical\ud variations are calculated as difference vectors between patterns extracted from a given set of existing compositions. These form the basis of the\ud mutation operator within an evolutionary algorithm search.\ud \ud Key words: automated composition, demotic, evolutionary algorithm, lead sheet, popular music, representation, search space

Topics: M1, QA75, QA76
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:7788

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