Concept invention and music: Creating novel harmonies via conceptual blending

E Cambouropoulos, M Kaliakatsos-Papakostas, KU Kühnberger, O Kutz, A Smaill

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Abstract

Conceptual blending is a cognitive theory whereby elements from diverse, but structurally-related, mental spaces are“blended” giving rise to new conceptual spaces that often possess newpowerful interpretative properties, allowing better understanding ofknown concepts or the emergence of novel concepts altogether. Thispaper provides an overview of the wide computational methodologicalspectrum that is being developed towards building an automaticmelodic harmonization system that employs conceptual blending,yielding harmonizations that inherit characteristics from multipleidioms. Examples of conceptual blending in harmony are presentedthat exhibit the effectiveness of the developed model in inventingnovel harmonic concepts. These examples discuss the invention ofwell-known jazz cadences through blending the underlying conceptsof classical music cadences, as well as the construction of largerchord sequences. Furthermore, examples of a conceptual blendinginterpretation in human compositions that motivated the goals ofthe system’s design are given. Finally, conceptual blending betweenharmonic and non-harmonic domains is discussed, offering tools thatallow for intuitive human intervention in the harmonization process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM-2014). Berlin
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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