Interacting with Musebots

Andrew Brown, Matthew Horrigan, Arne Eigenfeldt, Toby Gifford, Daniel Field, Jon McCormack

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Musebots are autonomous musical agents that interact with other musebots to produce music. Inaugurated in 2015, musebots are now an established practice in the field of musical metacreation, which aims to automate aspects of creative practice. Originally musebot development focused on software-only ensembles of musical agents, coded by a community of developers. More recent experiments have explored humans interfacing with musebot ensembles in various ways: including through electronic interfaces in which parametric control of high-level musebot parameters are used; message-based interfaces which allow human users to communicate with musebots in their own language; and interfaces through which musebots have jammed with human musicians. Here we report on the recent developments of human interaction with musebot ensembles and reflect on some of the implications of these developments for the design of metacreative music systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
EditorsLuke Dahl, Doug Bowman, Tom Martin
Place of PublicationBlacksburg VA USA
PublisherNew Interfaces for Musical Expression
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
EventNew Interfaces for Musical Expression 2018 - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, United States of America
Duration: 3 Jun 20186 Jun 2018


ConferenceNew Interfaces for Musical Expression 2018
Abbreviated titleNIME 2018
CountryUnited States of America
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