A Functional Taxonomy of Music Generation Systems

TitleA Functional Taxonomy of Music Generation Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHerremans D., Chuan C.-H., Chew E.
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Start Page69:1

Digital advances have transformed the face of automatic music generation since its beginnings at the dawn of computing. Despite the many breakthroughs, issues such as the musical tasks targeted by different machines and the degree to which they succeed remain open questions. We present a functional taxonomy for music generation systems with reference to existing systems. The taxonomy organizes systems according to the purposes for which they were designed. It also reveals the inter-relatedness amongst the systems. This design-centered approach contrasts with predominant methods-based surveys and facilitates the identification of grand challenges to set the stage for new breakthroughs.