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Sensoring a Generative System to Create User-Controlled Melodies

BISITE Research Group, University of Salamanca, Calle Espejo, S/N, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Department of Computer Sciences, Osaka Institute of Technology, Kitayama 1-79-1, Hirakata 573-0196, Japan
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Sensors 2018, 18(10), 3201;
Received: 2 August 2018 / Revised: 11 September 2018 / Accepted: 17 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensors Networks in Activity Detection and Context Awareness)
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The automatic generation of music is an emergent field of research that has attracted the attention of countless researchers. As a result, there is a broad spectrum of state of the art research in this field. Many systems have been designed to facilitate collaboration between humans and machines in the generation of valuable music. This research proposes an intelligent system that generates melodies under the supervision of a user, who guides the process through a mechanical device. The mechanical device is able to capture the movements of the user and translate them into a melody. The system is based on a Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) architecture, enabling it to learn from previous compositions and to improve its performance over time. The user uses a device that allows them to adapt the composition to their preferences by adjusting the pace of a melody to a specific context or generating more serious or acute notes. Additionally, the device can automatically resist some of the user’s movements, this way the user learns how they can create a good melody. Several experiments were conducted to analyze the quality of the system and the melodies it generates. According to the users’ validation, the proposed system can generate music that follows a concrete style. Most of them also believed that the partial control of the device was essential for the quality of the generated music. View Full-Text
Keywords: mechanical device; hand movements; CBR; melody generation mechanical device; hand movements; CBR; melody generation

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Navarro-Cáceres, M.; Hashimoto, W.; Rodríguez-González, S.; Pérez-Lancho, B.; Corchado, J.M. Sensoring a Generative System to Create User-Controlled Melodies. Sensors 2018, 18, 3201.

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