The Music Machine

A couple of fascinating articles about the composer David Cope, one in Slate and one in Miller-McCune.

Cope’s software raises all kinds of questions about authorship and the creative process, but this quote pretty much gets to heart of it:

Cope has been writing software to help him compose music for 30 years, and he long ago reached the point where most people can’t tell the difference between real Bach and the Bach-like compositions his computer can produce. Audiences have been moved to tears by melodies created by algorithms. And yet, it’s not exactly that Cope has created a computer than can write music like a human. The way he sees it, it’s that humans compose like computers.

— CL