GeNotator is a MIDI application used by composers to evolve music. GeNotator uses evolutionary algorithms to generate interesting music based on parameters set by the composer. The user controls ‘such factors as population size, mutation likelihood and designating which parents partake in breeding. By auditioning and scoring phenotypes, the user exerts influence on the direction the evolutionary process follows.’
‘GeNotator is best described as a hybrid-algorithmic composition tool which, on the surface, resembles any mainstream MIDI-based compositional GUI environment providing tools such as piano roll and drum map editing, and an arrangement editor. However, to complement this, GeNotator has an extended framework for evolving music, with [genetic algorithms] at its heart.’
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Thywissen, K. (1999). GeNotator: an environment for exploring the application of evolutionary techniques in computer-assisted composition. Organised Sound, 4(2), 127-133.