Experiments in Musical Idiots

Posted by – November 3, 2009

“Emily Howell” is a computer program that composes high-quality music. That notwithstanding, Emily is not an intelligent being; she’s just a program that’s backed by a database. That database must be created by a human, and the data provided shapes the music that results. Though rather unlike any other tool for composition, it is nevertheless a tool to be used by humans.

So, of course, there is controversy. Composers reject “her” compositions because they feel music is innately human; performers can’t play it for fear of tarnishing their reputation. Frankly, I don’t understand how these brilliant composers could sound so very much like idiots. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

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