NetNeg: A Hybrid Interactive Architecture for Composing Polyphonic Music in Real Time

Claudia V. Goldman, Dan Gang, Jeffrey S. Rosenschein, Daniel Lehmann

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There are musical activities in which we are faced with symbolic and sub-symbolic processes. This research focuses on the question whether there is any advantage in integrating a neural network together with a distributed artificial intelligence approach in the musical domain. In this work, we present a new approach for composing and analyzing polyphonic music. As a case study, we began experimenting with first species two-part counterpoint melodies. Our system design is inspired by the cognitive process of a human musician. We have developed a hybrid system composed of a connectionist module and an agent-based module to combine the symbolic and sub-symbolic levels to achieve this task. The network produces aesthetic melodies based on the training examples it was given. The agents choose which are the next notes in the two-part melodies by negotiating over the possible combinations of notes suggested by the network.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC Proceedings
StatePublished - 1996
Event22nd International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 1996 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 19 Aug 199624 Aug 1996

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