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1 The Nature of Music Scott Novakowski Levi Horn Kelsey Gartner

2 Project Goals Explore the nature of music by simulating sound agents to produce emergent behavior. Create groups of agents which imitate distinct musical elements. Allow these groups to interact to produce higher level musical structures.

3 Related Research Tim Blackwell: The Swarm Music Project Swarm properties (self-organization) used to generate music. Can be influenced by outside human events. ref:

4 Related Research Eduardo Reck Miranda: An Introduction to Music and AI Music is “the ability to recognize patterns and imagine them modified by actions.” ref: website.lineone.net/~edandalex/ai-essay.htmwebsite.lineone.net/~edandalex/ai-essay.htm

5 Project Description Music is structured and algorithmic in nature. The basic elements of music: Rhythm, Harmony, and Melody. Integration of the basic elements to create ‘music’.

6 Project Description con’t Sound generated by QuickTime Instruments (MIDI). Sound agents are visually simulated as spheres in the breve environment. Agents bounce and produce sounds as they hit bottom.

7 Rhythm The key to rhythm is timing. Rhythm is structured and algorithmic in nature. Constant downward acceleration and bounce velocity create steady timing. Agents are independent of each other.

8 Harmony Harmony is relayed through the structure, progression, and relation of musical notes. Harmonic sequences are created through limiting the notes produced by each agent. As a whole these agents correspond to a musical scale, in effect producing a musical key. (C major, D minor)

9 Melody Melody is the structure of a musical piece with respect to the arrangement of a succession of notes. Least structured of the three musical elements. Agents behave in relation to each other. Melody achieved through pre-programmed sequences.

10 Integrating Musical Elements Ideas for integrating the three musical elements: Control agents that correspond to higher level musical constructs. Timing agents to control the speed at which individual agents operate.

11 Future Challenges Nature of control mechanism. Integrating various agents to make musical sense.


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