I've been looking into computer assisted music composition lately for my school project. While searching for literature I came across GenJam, an interactive jazz improvisation software which uses genetic algorithms to produce musical phrases.

I was wondering If anyone has done some work on computer generated music and could suggest term papers, books or other reading material I should look into.

  • $\begingroup$ We have some questions on music in CS you might want to check out. $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Jan 31, 2014 at 10:53
  • $\begingroup$ its a bit vague could you narrow it down a bit? just a few yrs ago it was rather uncommon but this field has quite a bit of refs now.... $\endgroup$
    – vzn
    Jan 31, 2014 at 22:25
  • $\begingroup$ I am more interested in evolutionary music and application of pattern matching, machine learning techniques to compostion $\endgroup$
    – Ajit
    Feb 1, 2014 at 9:22

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Here's some resources that might help you:

The Wikipedia pages on Algorithmic Composition and Computer Generated Music give good overviews.

Wolfram Tones is an online music generation tool based on cellular automata.

David Cope's work, including the 1991 book "Computers and Musical Styles", inspired Douglas Hofstadter.

A well-cited survey paper by Papadopoulo & Wiggins describes different AI methods for algorithmic composition.

"Algorithmic Composition: Paradigms of Automated Music Generation" by Gerhard Nierhaus (2009) is a more modern textbook covering "prominent procedures and classes of algorithms for algorithmic composition."


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