An Argument based Creative Assistant for Harmonic Blending

Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas, Roberto Confalonieri, Joseph Corneli, Asterios Zacharakis, Emilios Cambouropoulos

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Conceptual blending is a powerful tool for computational creativity where, for example, the properties of two harmonic spaces may be combined in a consistent manner to produce a novel harmonic space. However, deciding about the importance of property features in the input spaces and evaluating the results of conceptual blending is a nontrivial task. In the specific case of musical harmony, defining the salient features of chord transitions and evaluating invented harmonic spaces requires deep musicological background knowledge. In this paper, we propose a creative tool that helps musicologists to evaluate and to enhance harmonic innovation. This tool allows a music expert to specify arguments over given transition properties. These arguments are then considered by the system when defining combinations of features in an idiom blending process. A music expert can assess whether the new harmonic idiom makes musicological sense and re-adjust the arguments (selection of features) to explore alternative blends that can potentially produce better harmonic spaces. We conclude with a discussion of future work that would further automate the harmonisation process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2016)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
EventSeventh International Conference on Computational Creativity - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


ConferenceSeventh International Conference on Computational Creativity
Abbreviated titleICCC 2016
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