An organic system for tonal composition

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Abstract

This paper aims to discuss and question the separation between computational musicology research involving tonal musics, and the creative composition and generation of tonal musics. It considers how style modelling and synthesis relate to creative pursuits, and the problems in applying pritlciples from computational musicology to creative purposes. Potential hurdles in this relationship include a pervasive reluctance to recognise computer-created works as genuinely creative, as well as the musical specificity required by analytical stylemodelling. I argue that there is a teleological aesthetic difference between computational creativity and compositional creativity, which affects the perception of a composed work as being 'creative'. The crucial difference between these paradigms is the agency of the (hwnan) composer within the creative process. The author's own composing system, Deviate, is described briefly and evaluated in regard to these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Australiasian Computer Music Conference
Subtitle of host publicationOrganic Sounds in Live Electroacoustic Music
Place of PublicationAuckland
PublisherAustralasian Computer Music Association
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAustraliasian Computer Music Conference - Auckland
Duration: 6 Jul 20119 Jul 2011

Conference

ConferenceAustraliasian Computer Music Conference
CityAuckland
Period6/07/119/07/11

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