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Sixth International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Multimedia Applications (ICCIMA'05)
VirtuaLatin — Towards a Musical Multi-Agent System
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 16-August 18
ISBN: 0-7695-2358-7
David Murray-Rust, University of Edinburgh
Alan Smaill, University of Edinburgh
Manuel Contreras Maya, University of Edinburgh

This project investigates the use of multi-agent systems for musical accompaniment¹. It details the construction and analysis of a percussive agent, able to add timbales accompaniment to pre-recorded salsa music. We propose, implement and test a novel representational structure directed towards latin music, and develop a music listening system designed to build up these high level representations. We develop a generative system which uses expert knowledge and high level representations to manage a set of behaviours which combine and alter templates in a musically sensitive manner.

Overall, we find that the agent is capable of creating accompaniment which is indistinguishable from human playing to the general public, and difficult for domain experts to identify

Citation:
David Murray-Rust, Alan Smaill, Manuel Contreras Maya, "VirtuaLatin — Towards a Musical Multi-Agent System," iccima, pp.17-22, Sixth International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Multimedia Applications (ICCIMA'05), 2005
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