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Virtual Music : Computer Synthesis of Musical Style - David Cope

Virtual Music

Computer Synthesis of Musical Style


Published: 30th January 2004
For Ages: 18+ years old
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"Virtual Music" is about artificial creativity. Focusing on the author's Experiments in Musical Intelligence computer music composing program, the author and a distinguished group of experts discuss many of the issues surrounding the program, including artificial intelligence, music cognition, and aesthetics. The book is divided into four parts. The first part provides a historical background to Experiments in Musical Intelligence, including examples of historical antecedents, followed by an overview of the program by Douglas Hofstadter. The second part follows the composition of an Experiments in Musical Intelligence work, from the creation of a database to the completion of a new work in the style of Mozart. It includes, in sophisticated lay terms, relatively detailed explanations of how each step in the process contributes to the final composition. The third part consists of perspectives and analyses by Jonathan Berger, Daniel Dennett, Bernard Greenberg, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Steve Larson, and Eleanor Selfridge-Field. The fourth part presents the author's responses to these commentaries, as well as his thoughts on the implications of artificial creativity. The book (and corresponding Web site) includes an appendix providing extended musical examples referred to and discussed in the book, including composers such as Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Debussy, Bartok, and others. It is also accompanied by a CD containing performances of the music in the text.

"David Cope's new book is a must for anyone interested in musical creativity or the formal analysis of music. Not least, it's a must for anyone who already knows Cope's work: you're in for some surprises!"--Margaret A. Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex "'Virtual Music' is not to be missed. It is engrossing, illuminating, and some would say outrageous. David Cope's computer program, Emmy, composes music that's difficult to distinguish from real music. But perhaps it is 'real' music? And perhaps Emmy is "really" creative? Several critics insist that it isn't. Douglas Hofstadter, for instance, challenges Cope in an essay in the book called "Staring Emmy Straight in the Eye -- And Doing My Best Not to Flinch." Their debate is essential reading for anyone interested in musical creativity, or in the relation between creativity and computers. You don't need to be a computer-buff, or an expert musician either, to be fascinated by it. Whether you'll be seduced or merely infuriated is for you to find out."--Margaret A. Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex "If only Beethoven or Chopin could explain their methods as clearly as David Cope. So when Cope's program writes a delightful turn of musical phrase, who is the artist: the composer being emulated, Cope's software, or David Cope himself? Cope offers keen philosophical insights into this question, one that will become increasingly compelling over time. He also provides us with brilliant and unique insights into the intricate structure of humankind's most universal artform." --Raymond Kurzweil, inventor and author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age of Spiritual Machines

The CD
Virtual Music
Staring Emmy Straight in the Eye -- And Doing My Best Not to Flinch
Response to Hofstadter
Composing Style-Specific Music
The Importance of Patterns
Processes and Output
Themes and Variations
Composition, Combinatorics, and Simulation: A Historical and Philosophical Enquiry
Experiments in Musical Intelligence and Bach
Dear Emmy: A Counterpoint Teacher's Thought on the Experiments in Musical Intelligence Program's Two-Part Invention
Who Cares if It Listens? An Essay on Creativity, Expectations, and Computational Modeling of Listening to Music
Collision Detection, Muselot, and Scribble: Some Reflections on Creativity
A Few Standard Questions and Answers
Response and Perspectives
Response to Commentaries
Perspectives and the Future
Mozart Databases
An Experiment in Musical Intelligence: Mozart Movement
An Experiment in Musical Intelligence: Mozart Reject
Virtual Music
The Game Key
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ISBN: 9780262532617
ISBN-10: 0262532611
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 580
Published: 30th January 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.89