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Creating and Exploring the Huge Space Called Sound: Interactive Evolution as a Composition Tool

Conference paper
Authors Palle Dahlstedt
Published in Proceedings of Music Without Walls? Music Without Instruments? Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Publication year 2001
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Language en
Keywords interactive evolution, genetic algorithms, music composition, sound design, sound synthesis
Subject categories Musicology, Computer Science


This paper introduces a program that applies the principles of interactive evolution, i.e., the process of repeatedly selecting preferred individuals from a population of genetically bred sound objects, to different synthesis and pattern generation algorithms. This allows for aural real-time exploration of complex sound spaces, and introduces the task of constructing sound engines and instruments customized for this kind of creation and exploration. Several such sound engines are presented together with sound examples and a discussion of compositional applications.

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