MetaCompose: A Compositional Evolutionary Music Composer

Marco Scirea, Julian Togelius, Peter Eklund, Sebastian Risi

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This paper describes a compositional, extensible framework for music composition and a user study to systematically evaluate its core components. These components include a graph traversal-based chord sequence generator, a search-based melody generator and a pattern-based accompaniment generator. An important contribution of this paper is the melody generator which uses a novel evolutionary technique combining FI-2POP and multi-objective optimization. A participant-based evaluation overwhelmingly confirms that all current components of the framework combine effectively to create harmonious, pleasant and interesting compositions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design : 5th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2016, Porto, Portugal, March 30 -- April 1, 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication dateApr 2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-31007-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-31008-4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


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