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Description - Virtual Music by David Cope

Virtual Music is about artificial creativity. Focusing on the author's Experiments in Musical Intelligence computer music composing program, the author and a distinguished group of experts discuss many of the issues surrounding the program, including artificial intelligence, music cognition and aesthetics. The book is divided into four parts. The first part provides a historical background to Experiments in Musical Intelligence, including examples of historical antecedents, followed by an overview of the program by Douglas Hofstadter. The second part follows the composition of an Experiments in Musical Intelligence work, from the creation of a database to the completion of a new work in the style of Mozart. It includes, in sophisticated lay terms, relatively detailed explanations of how each step in the process contributes to the final composition. The third part consists of perspectives and analyses by Jonathan Berger, Daniel Dennett, Bernard Greenberg, Douglas Hofstadter, Steve Larson and Eleanor Selfridge-Field. The fourth part presents the author's responses to these commentaries, as well as his thoughts on the implications of artificial creativity. The book (and corresponding Web site) includes an appendix providing extended musical examples referred to and discussed in the book, including composers such as Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Debussy, Bartok and others. It is also accompanied by a CD containing performances of the music in the text.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262532617
ISBN-10: 0262532611
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Pages: 580
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Cope

Jeffrey Vanke is an assistant professor of history and international affairsat Guilford College.

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