Juan Romero and Penousal Machado (eds): The Art of Artificial Evolution: A Handbook on Evolutionary Art and Music
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The editors’ objective was to create a handbook for evolutionary art and music by providing extensive coverage of existing work, giving enough background information for newcomers to get started and to provide possible directions for research. It contains 19 chapters written by almost 40 authors and is divided into five parts. The initial chapters introduce visual evolutionary art, while the chapters of the second part cover evolutionary music. Part three describes applications such as design tools using evolutionary art, evolving facial composites or reproducing the work of the Dutch painters Mondriaan and M.C. Escher. The chapters in the fourth part should appeal more to artists, since they look at evolutionary art more from an artist’s point of view, rather than that of a computer scientist. The last part poses challenges for the future.
Although the book contains many interesting chapters with examples of evolutionary art and music, the two most important chapters for everyone new...