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Title:VirtuaLatin - towards a musical multi-agent system
Authors: David Murray-Rust ; Alan Smaill ; Manuel Contreras-Maya
Date:Aug 2005
Publication Title:Procs of Sixth International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Multimedia Applications
Publisher:IEEE Press
Publication Type:Conference Paper
This project investigates the use of multi-agent systems for musical accompaniment. It details the construction and analysis of a percussive agent, able to add timbales accompaniment to pre-recorded salsa music. We propose, implement and test a novel representational structure directed towards Latin music, and develop a music listening system designed to build up these high level representations. We develop a generative system which uses expert knowledge and high level representations to manage a set of behaviours which combine and alter templates in a musically sensitive manner. Overall, we find that the agent is capable of creating accompaniment which is indistinguishable from human playing to the general public, and difficult for domain experts to identify.
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author = { David Murray-Rust and Alan Smaill and Manuel Contreras-Maya },
title = {VirtuaLatin - towards a musical multi-agent system},
book title = {Procs of Sixth International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Multimedia Applications},
publisher = {IEEE Press},
year = 2005,
month = {Aug},
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