Research

My research focuses on modelling societies of creative music systems both theoretically and computationally. My aim is to create a society of virtual musicians which generate and share music autonomously. To achieve that, I use an interdisciplinary approach which draws upon several disciplines such as music theory, artificial intelligence, systems theory and philosophy.  The results of this investigation will help us understand the mechanisms which govern human music societies better, and at the same time, they will demonstrate that computers can be at least as creative as humans. A major side effect of my research is the development of the technologies necessary to build computational systems capable of enhancing human creativity.

At the moment, I am developing a computer system named S(S(S)) (i.e., Simulation of Societies of Songwriters) which will be able autonomously to generate pop songs and to evolve its compositional style thanks to the exchange of musical information between the virtual songwriters it is made up of. Apart from the interest in computer simulation of musical creativity, I also carry out research in music information retrieval, aesthetic perception of music and general ontology.

Here’s an up-to-date list of my research outputs.


Publications

  • Velardo, Valerio (In review) Towards a Music Systems Theory. In: Music Theory Online. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati Mauro (In review) Beyond Anthropocentric Creativity: a General Framework for Describing Creative Systems. In: Digital Creativity. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio, Vallati Mauro and Jan Steven (In review) Symbolic Melodic Similarity: State of the Art and Future Challenges. In: Computer Music Journal. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio (In press) Recursive Ontology: A Systemic Theory of Reality. In: Axiomathes. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati Mauro (In press) The Effect of Repetition and Expertise on Liking and Subjective Complexity in Contemporary Music. In: Proceedings of the 9th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati, Mauro (In press) A Planning-based Approach for Music Composition. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati Mauro (2015) On the Stylistic Evolution of a Society of Virtual Melody Composers. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati, Mauro (2014) Automatic Melody Composition and Evolution: A Cognitive-Based Approach. In: Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati, Mauro (2014) GenoMeMeMusic: a Memetic-based Framework for Discovering the Musical Genome. In: Proceedings of the 40th International Computer Music Conference. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio (2014) The Sound/Music Dilemma: Why is That all Music Is Sound but Only Some Sounds Are Music?. In: Proceedings of the 1st Sound Ambiguity Conference. [pdf]

Conference talks

  • Velardo, Valerio (2015) Are computational composers really creative?. 2nd Workshop on Philosophy of Human+Computer Music.
  • Velardo, Valerio (2014) Towards a Music Systems Theory: Can Music Possibly be Alive?. RMA Student Conference. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio (2014) Quantifying the (almost) unquantifiable: A Formal Model of Musical Style. 12th Annual Conference of the Society of Musicology in Ireland. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati, Mauro (2014) Automatic Melody Composition and Evolution: A Cognitive-Based Approach. 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology.
  • Velardo, Valerio (2014) The Sound/Music Dilemma: Why is That all Music Is Sound but Only Some Sounds Are Music?. 1st Sound Ambiguity Conference.

Conference posters

  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati Mauro (2015) On the Stylistic Evolution of a Society of Virtual Melody Composers. 4th EvoMUSART Conference. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio (2014) Music, Memes and Mathematics. RMA Study Day: Music and Mathematics. [pdf]
  • Velardo, Valerio and Vallati, Mauro (2014) GenoMeMeMusic: a Memetic-based Framework for Discovering the Musical Genome. 40th International Computer Music Conference. [pdf]

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