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Artificial Intelligence: Monterey Mirror -- An Interactive Music Performance System

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Published on Jun 16, 2011

A College of Charleston research team has developed Monterey Mirror, a new interactive music performance system with artificial intelligence capabilities. The Monterey Mirror is an electronic music generator, powered by computer programming, that mirrors a performer and takes the place of a human in a live performance. Like all mirrors, it reflects back aspects of the performer, so that the performer can objectively hear what others hear. It is different from a recording, in that it does not repeat musical material verbatim, but instead captures deeper patterns and makes them apparent. Monterey Mirror has been developed with funding from the National Science Foundation secured through computer science professor Bill Manaris.

This spring, world-renowned composer and College of Charleston music professor Yiorgos Vassilandonakis used Monterey Mirror to compose a new piece for a mixed "ensemble" that consists of two human performers and two Monterey Mirror systems (one per performer). The Monterey Mirrors learn from the human performers and play back aesthetically similar musical variations.

Vassilandonakis and Manaris along with Dana Hughes, a graduate student in the computer science department, just returned from presenting Monterey Mirror at the 2011 Congress on Evolutionary Computation. The Congress is one of the leading international events in the area of evolutionary computation.

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