Create an Accompaniment to Any Melody

5 06 2009

ScienceDaily (Sep. 17, 2008) — It’s an archetypal exchange in musical performance. A vocalist stands poised to perform. The guitarist alongside is ready to add depth and harmony to the melody.

The guitarist doesn’t know the song but “hum a few bars and I’ll fake it,” she tells the singer. “Could you do it in the style of Radiohead?” asks the vocalist. “No problem,” the versatile guitar player says.

Now a software system created by two University of Southern California researchers can do the same — not just create an appropriate accompaniment, but do so in the style of any chosen artist, or even the particular style used in select pieces by the artist. The system can potentially run on an ordinary PC. Read more of this article on Science Daily …

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