Target-Based Rhythmic Pattern Generation and Variation with Genetic Algorithms

TitleTarget-Based Rhythmic Pattern Generation and Variation with Genetic Algorithms
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
Conference NameSound and Music Computing Conference 2015
AuthorsNuanáin, C. Ó., Herrera P., & Jordà S.
Conference Start Date30/07/2015
Conference LocationMaynooth, Ireland
AbstractComposing drum patterns and musically developing them through repetition and variation is a typical task in electronic music production. We propose a system that, given an input pattern, automatically creates related patterns using a genetic algorithm. Two distance measures (the Hamming distance and directed-swap distance) that relate to rhythmic similarity are shown to derive usable fitness functions for the algorithm. A software instrument in the Max for Live environment presents how this can be used in real musical applications. Finally, a user survey was carried out to examine and compare the effectiveness of the fitness metrics in determining rhythmic similarity as well as the usefulness of the instrument for musical creation.
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