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Ghost In The Machine: Computers, Music and Creativity.

From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Length: 53:46

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'Ghost In The Machine' examines computers in Music. David Cope is one of the main interview subjects; he's designed a remarkable computer program that composes music in its very own style, with almost no human input. Read the full description.

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With computers becoming ever faster, lighter and more powerful, how long will it be before the hit songs you hear on the radio are purely computer-generated? You may be surprised to know that some already are.

David Cope feels there's no reason a computer shouldn't eventually be able to compose music that's more touching, and more beautiful, than a human could create. So, he's designed a computer program that composes music in its own style.

Cope's seminal musical experience occurred after he climbed to the top of a radio tower to try to get over his fear of heights. He was a young boy at the time and realized when he got to the top that he was absolutely terrified. But that's when he first heard the ethereal sound of the tower's guy-wires vibrating in the wind. The sound was beautiful and comforting music to his ears. And it set him on his unique path to experiencing and understanding music in all its forms, human-generated and otherwise.

Max Matthews, who died shortly after being interviewed for this documentary, also figures prominently in this program. He's credited as the first person to write a program to make a computer perform music.

You'll also hear from luminaries such as Luke Fischbeck of the art-music collective Lucky Dragons.

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With computers becoming ever faster, lighter and more powerful, how long will it be before the hit songs you hear on the radio are purely computer-generated? You may be surprised to know that some already are.

David Cope feels there's no reason a computer shouldn't eventually be able to compose music that's more touching, and more beautiful, than a human could create. So, he's designed a computer program that composes music in its own style.

Cope's seminal musical experience occurred after he climbed to the top of a radio tower to try to get over his fear of heights. He was a young boy at the time and realized when he got to the top that he was absolutely terrified. But that's when he first heard the ethereal sound of the tower's guy-wires vibrating in the wind. The sound was beautiful and comforting music to his ears. And it set him on his unique path to experiencing and understanding music in all its forms, human-generated and otherwise.

Max Matthews, who died shortly after being interviewed for this documentary, also figures prominently in this program. He's credited as the first person to write a program to make a computer perform music.

You'll also hear from luminaries such as Luke Fischbeck of the art-music collective Lucky Dragons.

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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Cutup Piano and Xylophone Fridge Happiness. Temporary Residence Ltd. 2001 02:38
Out There Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi Think Thoughts. B006GJDZPQ 2011 03:50
Another Rag David Cope Cope, D: Computer Composed Music. Centaur CRC 1994 01:00
The Work I Am Robot and Proud Electricity In Your House Wants To Sing. Darla DLR 2006 03:30
Sun In My Mouth (Recomposed By Ensemble) Bjork Cocoon. Polydor 2002 03:12
Kid A Radiohead Kid A. Capitol/EMI Records 2000 01:44
Mozart In Bali David Cope Virtual Mozart: Experiments In Musical Intelligence. Centaur CRC 2000 01:30
Belisha Beacon Funki Porcini On. Ninja Tune 2010 01:30
What's Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner Simply The Best. Capitol 1991 01:30
Printemps After Stravinsky David Cope Virtual Mozart: Experiments In Musical Intelligence. Centaur CRC 2000 02:20
Act 5, SC 1, After Mozart David Cope Virtual Mozart: Experiments In Musical Intelligence. Centaur CRC 2000 04:49
Symphonie No 5 - Yannick Nezet-Seguin Gustav Mahler Philadelphia Orchestra. Columbia Masterworks 2011 02:00
Land of Stone Emily Howell From Darkness, Light. Centaur CRC 2010 05:00
O Superman (For Massenet) Laurie Anderson Big Science. Warner Bros. 1982 02:00
Another Day In America Laurie Anderson Homeland. Nonesuch 2010 01:00
The Lake Laurie Anderson Homeland. Nonsuch 2010 :30
Flow Laurie Anderson Homeland. Nonesuch 2010 01:20
Cutup Piano and Xylophone Fridge Happiness. Temporary Residence Ltd. 2001 02:38

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http://music.cbc.ca/#/Inside-the-Music/blogs/2012/9/Ghost-in-the-Machine-Computers-music-and-creativity