dave cope howell@cats.ucsc.edu
Fri, 17 Oct 2003 12:19:35 -0800

The second annual Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM) will 
take place from June 21 through July 9 on the beautiful University of 
California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) campus. David Cope, Paul Nauert, and 
Peter Elsea will be among those on hand to teach and advise workshop 
attendees. Participants will take classes each morning and early 
afternoon on the basic techniques of algorithmic composition and 
algorithmic music analysis, learning and using the computer 
programming language Lisp. Participants will create three significant 
software projects: a Markov-based rules program, a genetic algorithm, 
and software modeled on the Experiments in Musical Intelligence 
program. Music analysis software and techniques will also be covered 
in depth. Many compositional approaches will be discussed in detail 
including rules-based techniques, data-driven models, genetic 
algorithms, neural networks, fuzzy logic, mathematical modeling, 
sonification, etc. Many software programs such as Common Music, Max, 
Open Music, and so on will also be presented and used.

Each participant will receive a free class reference manual, class 
software in source code, and various other associated printed and 
software tools and guides relevant to the workshop's goals. Access to 
the world class computer music facilities at UCSC will allow 
performances and special lectures by invited guests. Each of the 
three instruction weeks will include five hours of individual 
computer time (with an advisor close at hand) and each week will 
culminate in performances of participant works and presentations of 
analysis and composition software. By the workshop's end, each 
participant will have gained facility with Lisp, have written 
compositional and analytical software programs, and be presented with 
a CD of their compositions.

Prospective students must have an ability to read music and 
understand basic music theory as well as have at least a basic 
facility with computers (text editing, etc.). Students need not be 
active musicians nor programmers. Fee is $1750. Room and board is 
available on campus if desired.

For more information, see summer.ucsc.edu/wacm
All Experiments in Musical Intelligence scores are now available from 

And be sure to check out my website at http://arts.ucsc.edu/faculty/cope

David Cope
Department of Music
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064