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Biologically Inspired and Agent-Based Algorithms for Music  

Alice Eldridge and Oliver Bown

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter examines a range of approaches to algorithmic music making inspired by biological systems, and considers topics at the intersection of contemporary music, computer science, and ... More

Compositions Created with Constraint Programming  

Torsten Anders

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter surveys music constraint programming systems, and how composers have used them. The chapter motivates why and explains how users of such systems describe intended musical ... More

Free Improvisation as a Path-Dependent Process  

Jared Burrows and Clyde G. Reed

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Sep 2016
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Jun 2014
Freely improvised music lacks commonly used mechanisms (e.g., scores, conductors, shared performance practices) that serve to coordinate choices across performers in other musical genres. ... More

Phenomenological Approaches in the History of Ethnomusicology  

Harris M. Berger

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Dec 2015
Beginning in the late 1970s, ethnomusicologists began to engage with ideas from phenomenology (a movement within continental European philosophy). This article discusses key concepts from ... More

Ragas, Recipes, and Rasas  

Adrian McNeil

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Apr 2015
The concept of raga in Hindustani classical music is a complex phenomenon not least of all because it is simultaneously an inventory of melodic elements, a performative process, and an ... More

Texture  

Jonathan De Souza

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Jan 2020
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Aug 2015
This chapter considers musical texture as an emergent property. The first section shows how the interplay of rhythm and pitch—specifically, degrees of synchrony and similar motion—produces ... More

Tonic  

Steven Rings

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Jan 2020
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Jan 2015
This article proposes a general definition of tonic and explores its ramifications across repertories and intellectual traditions (cognitive, historical, ethnomusicological, music ... More

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