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Choosers: designing a highly expressive algorithmic music composition system for non-programmers

Bellingham, Matt; Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2017). Choosers: designing a highly expressive algorithmic music composition system for non-programmers. In: Second Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity, 11-13 Sep 2017, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

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Abstract

We present an algorithmic composition system designed to be accessible to those with minimal programming skills and little musical training, while at the same time allowing the manipulation of detailed musical structures more rapidly and more fluidly than would normally be possible for such a user group. These requirements led us to devise non- standard programming abstractions as the basis for a novel graphical music programming language in which a single basic element permits indeterminism, parallelism, choice, multi-choice, recursion, weighting and looping. The system has general musical expressivity, but for simplicity here we focus on manipulating samples. The musical abstractions behind the system have been implemented as a set of SuperCollider classes to enable end-user testing of the graphical programming language via a Wizard of Oz prototyping methodology. The system is currently being tested with undergraduate Music Technology students who are typically neither programmers, nor traditional musicians.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords: music; composition; algorithmic composition; graphical programming; music programming languages; interaction design; user interface
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Item ID: 53946
Depositing User: Simon Holland
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 16:27
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 19:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53946
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