Nuno Trocado

A Cocreative Computational Approach to Musical Analogy


Analogy is a critical cognitive process, at the core of the multiple ways in which we think in and through music. With structure-mapping theory as a point of departure, I describe how a computational implementation of its theoretical tenets may frame an approach to musical analogy which, in a cross-domain or music-to-music generative setup, would amount to a novel variation of concatenative synthesis, but driven preferably by higher-order relational structures instead of by the mere similarity of feature vectors.

Keywords: analogy, music, synthesis, computational creativity.

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