Life's what you make: Niche construction and evolutionary art

Jon Paul McCormack, Oliver Roland Bown

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    This paper advances newmethods for ecosystemic approaches to evolutionary music and art. We explore the biological concept of the niche and its role in evolutionary dynamics, applying it to creative computational systems. Using the process of niche construction organisms are able to change and adapt their environment, and potentially that of other species. Constructed niches may become heritable environments for offspring, paralleling the way genes are passed from parent to child. In a creative ecosystem, niche construction can be used by agents to increase the diversity and heterogeneity of their output.We illustrate the usefulness of this technique by applying niche construction to line drawing and music composition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationApplications of Evolutionary Computing - EvoWorkshops 2009
    Subtitle of host publicationEvoCOMNET, EvoENVIRONMENT, EvoFIN, EvoGAMES, EvoHOT, EvoIASP, EvoINTERACTION, EvoMUSART, EvoNUM, EvoSTOC, EvoTRANSLOG, Proceedings
    EditorsMario Giacobini, Penousal Machado, Anthony Brabazon, Jon McCormack, Stefano Cagnoni, Michael O'Neill, Gianni A Di Caro, Ferrante Neri, Aniko Ekart, Mike Preuss, Anna I Esparcia-Alcazar, Franz Rothlauf, Muddassar Farooq, Ernesto Tarantino, et al
    Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)3642011284, 9783642011283
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2009
    EventInternational Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design 2009 - Tubingen, Germany
    Duration: 15 Apr 200917 Apr 2009

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume5484 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design 2009
    Abbreviated titleEvoMUSART 2009

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