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Composing Music with Computers by Eduardo Miranda

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7  Case studies

This chapter is intended to give a glimpse into ways to put some of the techniques and concepts introduced in the previous chapters into practice. There are three short case studies. The first case study illustrates how one could start by using a combinatorial mechanism to produce musical material and use a rule base to give form to this material. The second case study illustrates a somewhat reverse process. Here a formal grammar is used first to generate melodic forms whose content is determined later by means of distribution functions.

Both case studies employ mechanisms that act upon sets of basic musical elements in order to generate musical content and rules to shape musical form. This is indeed standard practice in contemporary ...

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