Generation in context : an exploratory method for musical enquiry

Brown, Andrew R. & Gifford, Toby M. (2009) Generation in context : an exploratory method for musical enquiry. In Stevens, Catherine, Schubert, Emery, Kruithof, Bridget, Buckley, Kym, & Fazio, Steven (Eds.) The Second International Conference on Music Communication Science, HCSNet, Sydney, pp. 7-10.

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This paper discusses a method, Generation in Context, for interrogating theories of music analysis and music perception. Given an analytic theory, the method consists of creating a generative process that implements the theory in reverse. Instead of using the theory to create analyses from scores, the theory is used to generate scores from analyses. Subjective evaluation of the quality of the musical output provides a mechanism for testing the theory in a contextually robust fashion. The method is exploratory, meaning that in addition to testing extant theories it provides a general mechanism for generating new theoretical insights. We outline our initial explorations in the use of generative processes for music research, and we discuss how generative processes provide evidence as to the veracity of theories about how music is experienced, with insights into how these theories may be improved and, concurrently, provide new techniques for music creation. We conclude that Generation in Context will help reveal new perspectives on our understanding of music.

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ID Code: 29983
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: generative music, music perception, music theory, probability, computer music
ISBN: 978-1-74108-203-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Music Composition (190406)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Authors.
Deposited On: 25 Jan 2010 04:07
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:09

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