[Smt-talk] Aesthetics of Computer-Generated Music

Richard Lewis richardlewis at fastmail.co.uk
Mon Apr 11 09:27:38 PDT 2011

At Sun, 10 Apr 2011 13:04:17 -0400,
Dmitri Tymoczko wrote:
> For the last five years or so, I've subjected my intro music-theory
> classes to a musical Turing Test: I play the first movement of David
> Cope's Concerto (from Virtual Bach) and ask them to name the
> composer.  Nobody has ever said “a computer,” and they’re always
> pretty surprised when I tell them how the piece was created.  Total
> number of students probably about 350.

But Cope's computer-generated music is specifically designed to sound
like the input database, he's not really aiming for a computer
aesthetic. And he's very careful to polish the edges to make sure of

Richard Lewis
ISMS, Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
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