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David Cope td Mon Jan 1 11:23:12 2007
David Cope is a composer and faculty member at UC Santa Cruz, known widely for his Experiments in Musical Intelligence, computer programs that can analyze a corpus of music, identify signature features of the corpus and generate new music exhibiting the same signatures. The effect of digesting a composer's style and producing new works mimicking that style can be eerie. While the programs don't produce masterworks, even making middling Mozart pastiches is a good trick. But Cope's real advance is a better understanding of where style comes from, a first step to effing the ineffible.