Millea, Timothy A. and Wakefield, Jonathan P. (2009) Automating the composition of popular music : the search for a hit. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2009: CEARC’09. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 45-50. ISBN 9781862180857

The field of automated music composition has existed since the 1950s and spans a wide variety of techniques. Popular music is often thought of as being compositionally simpler than classical forms but, as far as is known no automated composer has ever had a hit record. A system is proposed which uses the decomposition of an input set of existing music to guide the search for new popular music within an evolutionary algorithm. A novel representation of music is proposed to reduce the search space and is expected to improve the quality of the results.

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