David Kirkpatrick

February 25, 2010

Composing music by algorithm

Filed under: Arts, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:58 pm

Via KurzweilAI.net — Very interesting, and I can see where composers would be concerned, but I think Cope’s getting a little ahead/full of himself with the final quote about computers, humans and soul. Hopefully the quip was tongue-in-cheek that just didn’t translate to print.

Triumph of the Cyborg Composer
Culture & Society, Feb. 22, 2010

David Cope’s algorithmic compositions rival the beauty of music by human composers and have passed the musical equivalent of the Turing Test (listeners cannot determine which music is human-composed). They herald the future of a new kind of musical creation: armies of computers composing (or helping people compose) original scores, he believes.

But some — especially composers — are threatened by the ability of artificial creativity programs to compose works fast that are good and that the audience likes.

Undeterred, Cope thinks humans are actually more robotic than machines. “The question,” Cope says, “isn’t whethercomputers have a soul, but whether humans have asoul.”
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