Populations of Populations: Composing with Multiple Evolutionary Algorithms

  • Arne Eigenfeldt
  • Philippe Pasquier
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7247)


We present a music composition system in which musical motives are treated as individuals within a population, and that the audible evolution of populations over time are of musical interest. The system additionally uses genetic algorithms to generate high level musical aspects that control how the population is presented, and how it may be combined with other populations. These algorithms feature fitness functions that adapt based upon context: specifically, by using an analysis of the evolving population, the fitness functions adjust their constituent parameters in selecting strong individuals.


Biologically inspired music genetic algorithms evolutionary music 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne Eigenfeldt
    • 1
  • Philippe Pasquier
    • 2
  1. 1.School for the Contemporary ArtsSimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada
  2. 2.School for Interactive Arts and TechnologySimon Fraser UniversitySurreyCanada

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