TitleBalancing Defiance and Cooperation: The Design and Human Critique of a Virtual Free Improviser
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBanerji, R
Conference NameICMC 2016
Conference LocationUtrecht

This paper presents the design of a virtual free improviser, known as Maxine, built generate creative output in interaction with human musicians by exploiting a pitch detection algorithms idiosyncratic interpretation of a relatively noisy and pitchless sonic environment. After an overview of the systems design and behavior, a summary of players critiques are presented, focusing on the issue of balancing between system output which supports and opposes the playing of human musical interactants. Ultimately, it is argued that system evaluation of this kind is not only useful for further system development, but as an investigation of the implicit ethics of listening and interacting between players in freely improvised musical performance.