Artificial Intelligence in Organised Sound

Eduardo R. Miranda, Duncan Williams

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Artificial intelligence is a rich and still-developing field with many musical
applications. This article surveys the use of artificial intelligence approaches in
the pages of Organised Sound, from the first issue to the present day. Often,
these approaches are designed with note-based composition in mind, but the
research we present finds that artificial intelligence has also had a significant
impact in electroacoustic music such as sound analysis and organisation,
real-time compostion, and interactive performance-driven composition. Two
distinct categories emerge in the literature; philosophically inspired, symbolic
approaches, and biologically inspired artificial life approaches, though the two
are not mutually exclusive in their use, and in some cases are combined to
achieve ‘best of both’ solutions. That said, as Organised Sound is uniquely
positioned in the electroacoustic music community it is somewhat surprising
that work tackling issues of form and structure, which artificial intelligence can
be readily adaptable to, is not more present in these pages. We consider this
as well as further hybrid models, as likely avenues for future work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76–81
Number of pages6
JournalOrganised Sound
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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