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Generative Processes in MusicThe Psychology of Performance, Improvisation, and Composition$
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John Sloboda

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508465.001.0001

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Computer synthesis of music performance

Computer synthesis of music performance

(p.52) 3 Computer synthesis of music performance
Generative Processes in Music

Johan Sundberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes some ingenious studies where a computer ‘learns’ to play expressively by being supplied with a set of rules for modulating timing and loudness in certain musical contexts. These rules are modified by playing the results to a panel of human judges and asking for judgements of appropriateness. In summary, it seems that analysis of music performance is beginning to reveal what exactly it is that musicians add to written music, what the code they use is, and from where this code is taken. Therefore, this chapter proposes that analysis of music performance can shed light on basic aspects of music communication.

Keywords:   computer music, digital music, harmonic change, written music, music performance

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