Computers, evolution and music - My three favourite topics
I hope this experiment helps us understand the origins and evolution of music and language. After all, music itself is an evolutionary phenotype of humans. Ultimately, this is about understanding ourselves.
I think it's a very neat idea to use natural selection to create music. This is one of the few cases where a machine could pass "Turing Test". The other example that come to my mind is the the "painting computer" I saw on BBC the other day. I have to admit that it WAS artistic, much more than many human artists.
QUOTE(corenfa @ Jun 19 2012, 08:00 PM)
but can it do things like use the particular technique of hand-stopping glissando at the end of the Harbison horn trio that gives it such a plaintive sound?
If I have a say, I would have the program modified to give it "ears". It should listen to currently "trending" (annoyingly common word these days) music and incorporate elements of it. Then, the program will, hopefully, be able to learn various techniques such as glissando.
QUOTE(limh @ Jun 19 2012, 09:36 PM)
In this instance they seem to have used humans to assess "goodness" of their music, which means the product is still, actually, the product of a human, not the product of a computer.
I don't think you can call the output as a human product. It's not produced by a single person but chosen by a sizeable population over many generations. The human volunteers are mere consumers and not producers. Theoretically, this experiment could have used whales or dolphins (only if we could teach them to "rate" the music). The result would be very different.