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A Subsumption Agent for Collaborative Free Improvisation

Linson, Adam; Dobbyn, Chris; Lewis, George and Laney, Robin (2015). A Subsumption Agent for Collaborative Free Improvisation. Computer Music Journal, 39(4) pp. 96–115.

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This paper discusses the design and evaluation of an artificial agent for collaborative musical free improvisation. The agent provides a means to investigate the underpinnings of improvisational interaction. In connection with this general goal, the system is also used here to explore the implementation of a collaborative musical agent using a specific robotics architecture, Subsumption. The architecture of the system is explained, and its evaluation in an empirical study with expert improvisors is discussed. A follow-up study using a second iteration of the system is also presented. The system design and connected studies bring together Subsumption robotics, ecological psychology, and musical improvisation, and contribute to an empirical grounding of an ecological theory of improvisation.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ISSN: 0148-9267
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 46072
Depositing User: Deborah Briggs
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 14:47
Last Modified: 27 May 2019 18:36
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