A Grammatical Approach to Automatic Improvisation

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


SMC Conference 2007 (2007)




We describe an approach to the automatic generation of convincing jazz melodies using probabilistic grammars. Uses of this approach include a software tool for assisting a soloist in the creation of a jazz solo over chord progressions. The method also shows promise as a means of automatically improvising complete solos in real-time. Our approach has been implemented and demonstrated in a free software tool.