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Composition in the Age of AI

Collins, Nick



This article considers the plight of the contemporary composer, and various options they have to engage with AI beyond simply sticking their head in the sand, from writing software to deliberate subversion of corpora and moving social goalposts. If composers aren't intimately involved with next generation music AI, they may find themselves on the sidelines, at the mercy of the musical representational decisions of the software should be engineers, whose musical and/or commercial preferences often favour more popular and Western idioms.


Collins, N. (2020). Composition in the Age of AI. Ideas Sónicas/Sonic Ideas,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2020
Journal Ideas Sónicas
Print ISSN 2317-9694
Publisher CMMAS
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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