[PD] [OT] composition competition

oded at ccrma.Stanford.EDU oded at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Thu May 17 13:22:41 CEST 2018

I hope that a composition competition based on machine learning would be 
of interest to enough people on this list...

folk-rnn composition competition
The aim of this competition is to explore an application of machine 
learning to music --- in particular the online tool at folkrnn.org. This 
model is an example of artificial intelligence trained on traditional 
tunes mainly Irish and English. The web interface allows users to 
generate new melodies using a few parameters (There's a video on the 
website that explains how it works). We are seeking works that make 
creative use of this tool to compose new pieces, which do not need to 
adhere to the idiom of the training material.

Submissions will be judged on their musical quality and their 
utilisation of outputs from folkrnn.org. The winning piece will be 
performed by a professional ensemble at a public concert in London, UK, 
in early October 2018. Professional recordings of the performance will 
be provided to composers, and with the permission of musicians and 
composers, made available on the project youtube 
channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7wzmG64y2IbTUeWji_qKhA

We welcome submissions from any composer without restriction of age or 
nationality. Attendance at the concert is not mandatory. There is no 
cost for submitting a work.

Rules for submitted works:

1. scored for any combination of the following instruments: flute, 
clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (only 1 each); no use of 
amplification or electronic instruments is allowed;

2. no longer than 10 minutes in duration;

3. must be derived in some way from material generated by the 
application at folkrnn.org;

4. must be accompanied by a written explanation of how the work comes 
about from the use artificial intelligence through 
the folkrnn.org website. Composers can also accompany the text with 
illustrations (e.g. staff notation).

5. no restrictions on style, or the way the outputs from folkrnn.org are 

Important dates:
- August 31 2018: Submission of PDF score and required accompanying 
material email to competition at folkrnn.org
- September 15 2018: Notification
- September 25 2018: Performance materials due
- October 9 2018: Concert (London UK)

For more information about the technology, see the following:



If you have questions or comments, contact Dr. Oded 
Ben-Tal: o.ben-tal at kingston.ac.uk

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