Programmed in Our Head
In considering the potential of computer to assist humans in the production of music, we turn to the form that some music takes in the mind itself. This initiates a lengthy discussion of memetics, which will be important in latter chapters dealing with the affect of AI and the exponential expansion of technology on society. By way of example, we advance the notion that musical progressions employed in American ballads, jazz, and bebop are dependent on memes, built into a musician’s conscious selection of the tonal qualities accompanying a genre. These changes move and repeat the progression of chord changes that underpin the harmonic structure of a piece of music.