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A. A Computer Composer

Narrator: Computers play chess and fly airplanes, and now they compose music. This is Science Today. Composer David Cope of the University of California, Santa Cruz has created a computer program called EMI, which stands for Experiments in Musical Intelligence. EMI can create original works in the style of any number of classical and modern composers.

Cope: Well, there's about 35 of them now, and they range everywhere where from Bach and Mozart and Chopin and Brahms and Beethoven and Schumann and so forth of the classical period on up through Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, 20th century jazz popular styles.

Narrator: Cope says there are programs that play jazz improvisation, but EMI is one of the first to deal in classical musical structure.

Cope: And so the program not only has to look at the style, but has to take rather serious gander at the form of the composition. And to be successful it not only has to duplicate the style but some elements of these forms. 13

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Steve Tokar.