This fall I’ve been attending an introductory class in Music Psychology. The field is very intriguing, but as it has been an introductory course we haven’t gotten to dig very deep into the different subjects.

Some of the new subjects that I have had to read about for the course have been interesting enough that I want to list them here. Hopefully it’ll make sense when seen together with my earlier post on algorithmic composition and where to go.

Cognition and musicology. Whether[1] music is an intrinsic result or precondition to having a brain capable of advances speech.

Creativity and computers. Is it possible to simulate or recreate human creativity in a sufficiently advanced computer model. I read an article stipulating that the “human performance” that sets played music apart from digitally created music can be categorised into variations on a set of comparatively few parameters. With a sufficiently intelligent model it could be possible to recreate the effect using VST’s. Also a cognition model through artificial intelligence could maybe learn to produce creativity through random variation and feedback.
Both of these make discussing the social an philosophical implications obvious questions.

Algorithmic composition would need to, at least, simulate creativity to have success as more than a composition tool.

Not a topic from the course, but interesting:
Computer assisted composition, is it creativity in the traditional sense or is it ‘tinkering’, and does it matter either way?

Interesting… (for me at least 😉 )

[1] A google search shows that 2,7 mi entries exist with the words “wether or not” rather than “whether or not” 🙂