Musical Creativity Through an Algorithm

David Cope, professor emeritus, has created a program called Emmy (Experiments in Musical Intelligence) that can create music that can't be distinguished from that of the great composers. The three essential aspects of this musical creativity program is that music creativity (and all creativity) is a recombinant process, the program rests upon resolving the tension between the two "forces" underlying music, and the program has heuristics that allow it to go against its own rules and innovate.