Computer Scientist Publishes Manifesto for Expressive Algorithmic Music

Gerhard Widmer occupies a peculiar place within computer science research. His focus of study is computational perception, a relatively unknown subfield located at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and machine learning. Generally, it questions the advance of computing in the absence of a deeper knowledge of how the human brain perceives the world to be computed. We want computers to have perception, yet we know little about the workings of our own human perception. In the current ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, Widmer offers a manifesto for Music Information Research (MIR), a vast new field that encompasses everything from music recommender systems to automated music recognition and transcription systems to original algorithmically-generated music. Widmer sees some crucial blind spots in MIR and a need for a refocusing of…

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