This page is about my personal impression toward wonderful relation
between automated composing and ethnic music.
Wonderful Relation Between Automated Composing & Ethnic Music
One of the themes of this website
and ACS is to combine "ethnic music" with "computer music". The
image of ethnic music and computer music is "old music" and "new
music". However, as I add composing function of ethnic
music to ACS, I noticed that these two have common feature of
"ad-lib". Both of them play and generate sounds on the
spot by following a certain rule. For instance, in popular
music and classical music, what you call "composing a
tune" or "playing a tune" would take place. However, in some
ethnic music, this is different. For example, in Indian music, I
think that they rather "play according to the given rule" than
"play the given music". And I think this set of rules decides
each style of ethnic music. To be more specific, what I call
rules are "musical scale", "rhythm", and so on. Let us take
Okinawa music of Japan for example. If you play a tune according
to Okinawan scale and rhythm, your tune will sound just like
Okinawa music. As mentioned above, although there is a
difference that computer does the performance or man does it,
I think that there are common features in automated composing
and performance of ethnic music.
In addition, the situation is different for jazz. Like ethnic
music, "Ad-lib" is being valued though there is some melody for
jazz. However, as for jazz , I feel that players make the style.
As you are aware, if the player is different from the one you
know, the same tune can be heard differently.