Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style

Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style

by David Cope, Douglas R. Hofstadter
     
 

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An exploration of Cope's experimentation in artificial musical creativity; includes a CD containing performances of music discussed in the text.See more details below

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An exploration of Cope's experimentation in artificial musical creativity; includes a CD containing performances of music discussed in the text.

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ISBN-13:
9780262032834
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/30/2001
Pages:
579
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

What People are saying about this

Margaret A. Boden

Virtual Music is not to be missed. It is engrossing,
illuminating, and some would say outrageous. David Cope's computer program, Emmy,
composes music that's difficult to distinguish from real music. But perhaps it is
'real' music? And perhaps Emmy is "really" creative? Several critics insist that it isn't. Douglas Hofstadter, for instance, challenges Cope in an essay in the book called "Staring Emmy Straight in the Eye -- And Doing My Best Not to Flinch." Their debate is essential reading for anyone interested in musical creativity, or in the relation between creativity and computers. You don't need to be a computer-buff, or an expert musician either, to be fascinated by it. Whether you'll be seduced or merely infuriated is for you to find out.

Raymond Kurzweil

If only Beethoven or Chopin could explain their methods as clearly as
David Cope. So when Cope's program writes a delightful turn of musical phrase, who is the artist: the composer being emulated, Cope's software, or David Cope himself?Cope offers keen philosophical insights intothis question, one that will become increasingly compelling over time.He also provides us with brilliant and unique insights into the intricate structure of humankind's most universal artform.

From the Publisher
"David Cope's new book is a must for anyone interested in musical creativity or the formal analysis of music. Not least, it's a must for anyone who already knows Cope's work: you're in for some surprises!"—Margaret A. Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University ofSussex

"'Virtual Music' is not to be missed. It is engrossing, illuminating, and some would say outrageous. David Cope's computer program, Emmy, composes music that's difficult to distinguish from real music. But perhaps it is 'real' music? And perhaps Emmy is "really" creative? Several critics insist that it isn't. Douglas Hofstadter, for instance, challenges Cope in an essay in the book called "Staring Emmy Straight in the Eye — And Doing My Best Not to Flinch." Their debate is essential reading for anyone interested in musical creativity, or in the relation between creativity and computers. You don't need to be a computer-buff, or an expert musician either, to be fascinated by it. Whether you'll be seduced or merely infuriated is for you to find out."—Margaret A. Boden,Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex

"If only Beethoven or Chopin could explain their methods as clearly as David Cope.

So when Cope's program writes a delightful turn of musical phrase, who is the artist: the composer being emulated, Cope's software, or David Cope himself? Cope offers keen philosophical insights intothis question, one that will become increasingly compelling over time. He also provides us with brilliant and unique insights into the intricate structure of humankind's most universal artform."—Raymond Kurzweil, inventor and author of The Age of Intelligent Machines and The Age ofSpiritual Machines

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