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Research Paper #904

Title:Evolving Musical Harmonisation
Authors:Phon-Amnuaisuk,S; Tuson,AL; Wiggins,G
Date:Apr 1998
Presented:Submitted to PPSN-98
Abstract:We describe a series of experiments in generating traditional musical harmony using Genetic Algorithms. We argue that the encoding of explicit domain knowledge in these algorithms is helpful in producing a reasonable result, and discuss some problems which are specific to the musical domain. We conclude that a GA with no notion of the overall structure of a piece of music, even when given explicit domain knowledge, is unlikely to solve the harmonisation problem well, due to the lack of mata-level control of the reasoning process.

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