Alexakis, A., Khatchatourov A., Triantafyllaki, A., Anagnostopoulou, C. A computational method for exploring musical creativity development. July 2013.

Sony CSL authors: Armen Khatchatourov


The development of musical creativity using nonstandard methods and techniques has been given considerable attention in the last years. However, the use of new technologies in teaching improvisation and thus development of creativity has received relatively little attention to date. The aim of this paper is two-fold: firstly to propose a way of formalising the measurement of creativity,and secondly to test whether the use of a particular interactive system built to support musical improvisational dialogues between the user and the computer (MIROR IMPRO), can develop creativity. First, based on previous research, we define a set of variables aiming at evaluating creativity, and we create a computational model to automatically calculate these variables in order to assess the development of creative abilities. Second, we assess the advancement of creativity in 8-10 year-old children, who spent six weeks interacting with MIROR-IMPRO. We used two groups of children in assessing this advancement: a group of children with no musical background (n=20) and a group of young pianists (n=10). We carried out a free improvisation test before the start and after the end of six sessions with the system. The results suggest a potential progress related to a number of these variables, which could be indicative of creativity advancement. The issue of measuring creativity is discussed in the light of these findings.


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BibTeX entry

@TECHREPORT { khatchatourov:13a, AUTHOR="Alexakis, A., Khatchatourov A., Triantafyllaki, A., Anagnostopoulou, C.", BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of the SMAC/SMC Conference", EDITOR="KTH Royal Institute of Technology", MONTH="July", TITLE="A computational method for exploring musical creativity development", YEAR="2013", }