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Appropriate and Complementary Rhythmic Improvisation in an Interactive Music System

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Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)

Abstract

One of the roles that interactive music systems can play is to operate as real-time improvisatory agents in an ensemble. A key issue for such systems is how to generate improvised material that is musically appropriate, and complementary to the rest of the ensemble. This chapter describes some improvisation strategies employed by the Jambot (a recently developed interactive music system) that combine both imitative and ‘intelligent’ techniques. The Jambot uses three approaches to mediate between imitative and intelligent actions: (i) mode switching based on confidence of understanding, (ii) filtering and elaboration of imitative actions, and (iii) measured deviation from imitative action according to a salient parametrisation of the action space. In order to produce appropriate rhythms the Jambot operates from a baseline of transformed imitation, and utilises moments of confident understanding to deviate musically from this baseline. The Jambot’s intelligent improvisation seeks to produce complementary rhythms by manipulating the level of ambiguity present in the improvisation to maintain a balance between novelty and coherence.

Keywords

Music Perception Musical Experience Coherence Level Intelligent Action Musical Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queensland Conservatorium of MusicGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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