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Sternwallow 03-18-2006 02:21 PM

Back in '61, my math prof at Clarkson had a program for their, then new, IBM (650, I think) that performed a statistical analysis on N-tuples of notes by a given composer. Another program used those stats to drive a generator. His lady-friend (who must have been a very patient person) would play the generated "music" on piano and he recorded it. To my untrained, but familiar ear, it sounded exactly like Mozart, right down to the little trill he sometimes put on repeating phrases. Only later did the prof reveal his source music was Bach ("Ahh, Bach).

Sternwallow 03-18-2006 02:21 PM

Back in '61, my math prof at Clarkson had a program for their, then new, IBM (650, I think) that performed a statistical analysis on N-tuples of notes by a given composer. Another program used those stats to drive a generator. His lady-friend (who must have been a very patient person) would play the generated "music" on piano and he recorded it. To my untrained, but familiar ear, it sounded exactly like Mozart, right down to the little trill he sometimes put on repeating phrases. Only later did the prof reveal his source music was Bach ("Ahh, Bach).


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