Smoliar, Stephen W.


Computers Compose Music, But Do We Listen?

Music Theory Online. Vol. 0, No. 6. Society for Music Theory.


Language(s): English


Computer Music


In this article, the author examines the state of the art (1998) in the computer composition of music, utilising David Cope’s EMI (Experiments in Music Intelligence) project as a representative example - discussing its assets and its liabilities. He argues that the question as to whether or not a computer will ever be considered to be a successful composer is moot, as it is the quality of performance as perceived by the concert audience that overrides whether what is being performed has come from a struggling genius, a commercial hack, chance decisions, or even a computer program.

All references of the same author:


Smoliar, Stephen W. (1973). Basic Research in Computer-Music Studies