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Dr. David Cope, Composer
By Robert Perry

Dear Ms. Jones,

I have David Cope's WWW site bookmarked, to get to his 'Listening
Booth'.  The address is

His EMI computer programme composes songs in the style of other
composers.  There is a Joplin rag at the Listening Booth; it's pretty
good apart from a couple of dodgy modulations.  If anyone manages to
convert the *.bin Macbinary files to *.mid I'd appreciate a copy of
the rag.

Robert Perry
Auckland, New Zealand

 [ Editor's note:
 [ I visited Dr. Cope's home page at
 [ The bio says, " ... His books 'Computers and Musical Style' and
 [ 'Experiments in Musical Intelligence' describe the computer program
 [ EMI (Experiments in Musical Intelligence) which he created in 1982.
 [ The program functions by inheriting a composer's style and then
 [ composing new music in that style."
 [ I also retrieved the Joplin file, EMI-joplin-rag.bin (23k-bytes).
 [ Netscape decompressed it okay,  but the file seems to have a
 [ strange header appended which is not in conformance with the MIDI
 [ file spec.  I'll try to repair it this weekend.
 [  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 13 Dec 1997, 01:00:25 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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