Experiments in Musical Intelligence

Reed 108, 4:00 pm, Lecturer: David Cope, University of California at Santa Cruz

This event is free and open to the public!

David Cope will explain why he created his computer program Experiments in Musical Intelligence, how this program works, why he created over 1,000 music compositions using Experiments in Musical Intelligence, and why he no longer composes using this software.

David Cope is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and teaches regularly in the annual Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM) held in June-July at UC Santa Cruz. His books on the intersection of music and computer science include Computers and Musical Style, Experiments in Musical Intelligence, The Algorithmic Composer, Virtual Music, Computer Models of Musical Creativity, and Hidden Structure and describe the computer program Experiments in Musical Intelligence which he created in 1981. Experiments in Musical Intelligence’s works are published by Epoc Music and include Horizons for orchestra, three operas, and a symphony and piano concerto in the style of Mozart, and a seventh Brandenburg Concerto in the style of Bach.

Experiments in Musical Intelligence's works are available on five Centaur Records albums (Bach by Design, Classical Music Composed by Computer, Virtual Mozart, Virtual Bach, Virtual Rachmaninoff) and several from Amazon. Workscomposed in his own style include ten symphonies, six string quartets, several chamber orchestra pieces, and a host of other works, most of which have been performed around the world and all of which are available on recording. Cope also is a notable painter with many paintings on display in galleries and in homes around the world (see artists.com), a playwright (seven plays that have been performed widely, written twenty-three published novels and ten books of short stories to date (over two-hundred in all), and also writes books on his own created board games, artificial intelligence, computer programming, and music theory.

Sponsored by the Cognitive Science Program