Computers as Composers

 Non-human Writes New Music for Human Audiences

Researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, have created a computer cluster capable of composing complex pieces of music with absolutely no input from humans. The computer (whose name is Iamus) uses a specially developed algorithm to ensure that his compositions are aesthetically pleasing to its human audiences. Iamus’ big improvement on past robo-composers is that its music is considerably more listenable – by no means a random assortment of notes on a page. 

Iamus takes a fraction of a second to compose a 5 minute piece and then about 8 minutes to transcribe it for the musicians – a pace that far outstrips even the most prolific human composer. 


Bach-bot after the premier of Piano Concerto No. 4,503, Op. 250,345  (Image via 9gag)

Click “read more” to see a video of Iamus’ piece Nasciturus along with some insight into the computer’s compositional process


Iamus uses a process called “evolutionary music” to create its pieces. 
You can read more about it here:
http://www.thatericalper.com/2013/01/14/this-classical-music-was-created-by-a-supercomputer-in-less-than-a-second/
and here:
http://io9.com/5973551/this-classical-music-was-created-by-a-supercomputer-in-less-than-a-secondc


Information in this post courtesy of That Eric Alper and io9

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