Millea, Timothy A. and Wakefield, Jonathan P. (2010) Automating the Composition of Popular Music: The Search For a Hit. In: EvoPhD (EvoStar 2010), 7-9 April 2010, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. (Submitted)

Automated composition may be regarded as a search within the space defined by a datatype representing musical compositions. We develop a hierarchical representation of popular music compositions with the aim of increasing the probability of finding potential hits. Musical
variations are calculated as difference vectors between patterns extracted from a given set of existing compositions. These form the basis of the
mutation operator within an evolutionary algorithm search.

Key words: automated composition, demotic, evolutionary algorithm, lead sheet, popular music, representation, search space.

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