For anyone interested in sound and sound recordings
An interesting article and video published yesterday on the BBC's website, "Music evolution: Is this the end of the composer?", describes another attempt to create music by machine, starting with random computer noises, then subjecting them to 'Darwinian' forces: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18449939
The article implies that machines are the driving force behind this creativity. The stages in the experiment brilliantly illustrate the similar kind of development of complexity that happens over generations of organisms facing natural selection in nature, but, depending on your taste, may be uninspiring musically.
The day may arrive when computers can paint works of art, pass a Turing test of demonstrating human-like intelligence, or compose listenable tunes. But in this project, a group of humans are the key agents that act as natural selection on what the computer programme churns out, making it very different from creativity driven by computer (which of course originates from a human programmer anyway). "Evolution of music by public choice", the title of the original research paper, www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/06/12/1203182109 is a better description.
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