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Computer Composer

July 1, 2009

A new computer program can generate an infinite amount of original music.


A songwriter with no soul. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.
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The composer of this music is only a couple years old. It’s a computer program, designed by scientists at the University of Grenada in Spain. Computer scientist Miguel Molina says their artificial intelligence system can crank out infinitely long, spontaneous compositions that suit particular moods.
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MIGUEL MOLINA (University of Granada, Spain):
We have different melodic patterns, different rhythms, different instrument combinations, for every kind of emotion.
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He says the program could make background music cheaper for businesses like department stores, by eliminating the need for licensing fees. But he also thinks the program could be used by human composers suffering from writers’ block. I’m Bob Hirshon for AAAS, the Science Society.

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