Monday, 2 July 2012
Do computers dream of human beats?
"Iamus generates an initial population of compositions automatically" adding "but their genomes are so simple that they barely develop into a handful of notes lasting just a few seconds" ..... "as evolution proceeds, mutations alter the content and size of this primordial genetic material and we get longer and more elaborate pieces. All the research team inputs is an approximate length and the instruments to be used (emphasis added). But they did, of course, create the original Iamus programme.
Likened to Bartok, Ligeto and Penderecki, the work will be streamed live from Malaga to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the father of modern computing Alan Turing, with a CD planned for September. The programme can 'compose' and also produce variations of well known pieces or merge compositions.
This Blog has asked its loyal and wonderful readership probing questions before - perhaps pertinently enquiring if a monkey can be the "author" of a photograph (Aurelia J Schultz's most excellent blog Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey get copyright too? and Jeremy's blog here) which generated some excellent comments - and I wondered if anyone out there would like to add anything on the the idea of a computer programme self generating original music as an 'author' in light of the above - views from Europe post Infopaq and from other different jurisdictions would be most welcome. I've started it off - from a Brit's perspective!