Can we use computers to algorithmically help us compose music, or even teach them how to compose great music themselves? What kinds of techniques are useful in this pursuit? And what are the implications for musicians and music appreciators?
Our guest speaker for October, Amy K. Hoover, will be sharing her thoughts and experiences on these subjects and more. Amy is a Computer Science Ph.D candidate at UCF who co-developed a theory called functional scaffolding for musical composition which posits that:
- The patterns of pitches and durations in music can be represented as a function of time
- The parts in a musical piece are functionally related to each other
This theory is implemented in software she co-developed called MaestroGenesis [free software, Windows only]. MaestroGenesis allows you to generate accompaniment for existing MIDI compositions through a breeding process similar to animal breeding. The result is that amateur musicians and non-musicians can create accompaniment without any musical expertise.
Come to our next meeting to experience the art and science of algorithmic composition!
Amy K. Hoover is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the University of Central Florida who has been working at the intersection of music and AI for the last seven years. Her research focuses on artifical intelligence in a musical domain encompassing topics in computational creativity, computer-generated music, music cognition, NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies (NEAT), HyperNEAT, and Compositional Pattern Producing Networks (CPPNs). She is also a member of the the Evolutionary Complexity (EPlex) Research Group at UCF.
This event is free and open to the public. Envy Labs is located in the GAI building on S Summerlin Ave and E South St in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood. There is a free parking garage at the bottom of the building with plenty of spots. After you enter the building, take the elevator upstairs to Envy Labs.
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