Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

A funny thing happened on the way to the formula : algorithmic composition for musical theatre.

Collins, Nick (2016) 'A funny thing happened on the way to the formula : algorithmic composition for musical theatre.', Computer music journal., 40 (3). pp. 41-57.

Abstract

Algorithmic composition methods must prove themselves within real-world musical contexts to more firmly solidify their adoption in musical practice. The present project is an automatic composing program trained on a corpus of songs from musical theater to create novel material, directly generating a scored lead sheet of vocal melody and chords. The program can also produce output based upon phonetic analysis of user-provided lyrics. The chance to undertake the research arose from a television documentary funded by Sky Arts that considered the question of whether current-generation, computationally creative methods could devise a new work of musical theater (the research described here provides but one strand within that project). Allied with the documentary, the resultant musical had a two-week West End run in London and was itself broadcast in full. Evaluation of the project included both design feedback from a musical theater composer team, and critical feedback from audiences and media coverage. The research challenges of the real-world context are discussed, with respect to the compromises necessary to get such a project to the stage.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
First Live Deposit - 04 October 2016
Download PDF
(1744Kb)
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Download PDF
(914Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://muse.jhu.edu/journal/34
Publisher statement:This is a manuscript version of the article, which has been accepted for publication in Computer Music Journal.
Record Created:04 Oct 2016 12:35
Last Modified:05 Mar 2017 00:40

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library