Miranda, E. The artificial life route to the origins of music. Scientia, 10(1):5-33, 1999.

Sony CSL authors: Eduardo Miranda


This paper investigates how musical forms may originate and evolve in artificially created worlds inhabited by virtual communities of musicians and listeners. In this context, musical forms can be studied as live organisms and as such Musicology can benefit hugely from Alife's research paradigms, such as cellular automata and evolutionary modelling. The first half of this paper sets the background scenario of our research. The elements of this scenario include Wittgenstein, talking chimpanzees, babbling babies and a couple of philosophers of the French Enlightenment. As we shed light onto the various points of this rather ecletic scenario we hope to clarify various fundamental issues that underlie our work. Next, we introduce the notion of evolutionary modelling and discuss its fundamental mechanisms. Then we present two experiments whose results substantiate our concluding comments.

Keywords: artificial life, origins of music, evolutionary music


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@ARTICLE { miranda:99a, AUTHOR="Miranda, E.", JOURNAL="Scientia", NUMBER="1", PAGES="5-33", TITLE="The artificial life route to the origins of music", VOLUME="10", YEAR="1999", }