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Emily Howell

Emily Howell is a computer program created by UC Santa Cruz professor of music David Cope.[1] Emily Howell is an interactive interface that "hears" feedback from listeners, and builds its own musical compositions from a source database, derived from a previous composing program called Experiments in Musical Intelligence (EMI).[2] Cope attempts to “teach” the program by providing feedback so that it can cultivate its own "personal" style.[1] The software appears to be based on latent semantic analysis.[3]

Emily Howell’s first album[4] was released in February 2010 by Centaur Records (CRC 3023). Titled From Darkness, Light, this album contains her Opus 1, Opus 2, and Opus 3 compositions for chamber orchestra and multiple pianos. Her second album Breathless was released in December 2012 by Centaur Records (CRC 3255).[5]

Some[who?] composers and big name orchestras refuse to play Howell's work, citing it as controversial.[6]


  • Computer Models of Musical Creativity, MIT Press (December 16, 2005), ISBN 0262033380

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