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.
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.
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|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.|
|Date accepted:||09 July 2016|
|Date deposited:||04 October 2016|
|Date of first online publication:||01 September 2016|
|Date first made open access:||01 March 2017|
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