Looking into the minds of Bach, Haydn and Beethoven : classification and generation of composer-specific music
Faculty of Applied Economics
Antwerp :Universiteit Antwerpen, Faculty of Applied Economics, 2014
Research paper / University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics ; 2014:001
University of Antwerp
In this paper a number of musical features are extracted from a large music database, which are consequently used to build three composer classication models. The rst two models, an if-then ruleset and a decision tree, result in an understanding of the style dierences between Bach, Haydn and Beethoven. The third model, a logistic regression model, gives the probability that a piece is composed by a certain composer. This model is integrated in the objective function of a previously developed variable neighborhood search algorithm that can generate counterpoint. The result is a system that can generate an endless stream of counterpoint music with composer- specic characteristics that sounds pleasing to the ear. This system is implemented as an Android app called FuX that can be installed on any Android phone or tablet.