In collaboration with Susan Schmidt Horning
Edited By Hans-Joachim Braun
Automatic Music Composition versus Creativity
Abstract Dealing with the issue of modelling musical structures, Detlev Buchholz introduces COPPELIA, a tool designed by him for automated intention based musical composition. Buchholz argues that no act can be called creative that is not based on intentions. For computer music, this means that anything left to residual decision is not creative. For him and COPPELIA, structured refinement, using constraint-driven grammar, plays a crucial role in the composition process. He recognizes some shortcomings of the system, for example that COPPELIA does not take the interaction of musical aspects and the expressive potential into account. But its assets are of a kind to make it a useful addition to the tools of computer music.
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