Music and operations research

musicOptimization problems arise in several areas beyond logistics and operations research. In fact, these kinds of problems are found in many other unrelated domains, even in (seemingly) unexpected ones as art and creativity. In these fields, the optimization problems are not solved with the purpose of making better decisions, but with the purpose of enhancing the creativity and expressiveness of the artist. Such additional support seems more reasonable, of course, for art forms that show relatively organized structured and that can truly benefit from a systematic methodology. This is the main reason why music is the art form that has been explored the most by the OR community.

There exist several examples of how optimization methods provide a significant support during the process of composing and playing music. For instance, optimization algorithms are used for calculating the best finger positions to be used by pianists when playing a piece. There are classification algorithms that allow to extract the main characteristics of a piece and identify the composer. There are also algorithmic techniques that are able to compose new pieces following a defined set of rules or characteristics... Such intersection between art and science certainly gives room for a new fascinating area of research.

Publications

  • M. Balliauw, D. Herremans, D. Palhazi Cuervo, and K. Sörensen, "A variable neighbourhood search algorithm to generate piano fingerings for polyphonic sheet music," International transactions in operational research, vol. to appear, 2015.
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    @article{balliauw2015variable,
    title = {A variable neighbourhood search algorithm to generate piano fingerings for polyphonic sheet music},
    author = {Balliauw, Matteo and Herremans, Dorien and Palhazi Cuervo, Daniel and S\"{o}rensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {International Transactions in Operational Research},
    year = {2015},
    volume = {to appear},
    doi = {10.1111/itor.12211},
    keywords = {music and OR},
    }
  • D. Herremans, K. Sörensen, and D. Martens, "Classification and generation of composer-specific music using global feature models and variable neighborhood search," Computer music journal, vol. to appear, 2015.
    [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @article{herremans2015classification,
    title = {Classification and generation of composer-specific music using global feature models and variable neighborhood search},
    author = {Herremans, Dorien and Sörensen, Kenneth and Martens, David},
    journal = {Computer Music Journal},
    volume = {to appear},
    year = {2015},
    doi = {10.1162/COMJ_a_00316},
    publisher = {MIT Press Journals},
    keywords = {music and OR},
    }
  • D. Herremans, S. Weisser, K. Sörensen, and D. Conklin, "Generating structured music for bagana using quality metrics based on markov models," Expert systems with applications, vol. 42, iss. 21, pp. 7424-7435, 2015.
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    @article{herremans2015generating,
    title = {Generating structured music for bagana using quality metrics based on Markov models},
    author = {Herremans, Dorien and Weisser, Stephanie and Sörensen, Kenneth and Conklin, Darrell},
    journal = {Expert Systems with Applications},
    volume = {42},
    number = {21},
    pages = {7424--7435},
    year = {2015},
    doi = {10.1016/j.eswa.2015.05.043},
    publisher = {Elsevier},
    keywords = {music and OR},
    }
  • D. Herremans, D. Martens, and K. Sörensen, "Dance hit song prediction," Journal of new music research, vol. 43, iss. 3, pp. 291-302, 2014.
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    @article{herremans2014dance,
    title = {Dance hit song prediction},
    author = {Herremans, Dorien and Martens, David and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {Journal of New Music Research},
    volume = {43},
    number = {3},
    pages = {291--302},
    year = {2014},
    doi = {10.1080/09298215.2014.881888},
    publisher = {Taylor \& Francis},
    keywords = {music and OR},
    }
  • D. Herremans and K. Sörensen, "Composing fifth species counterpoint music with a variable neighborhood search algorithm," Expert systems with applications, vol. 40, iss. 16, pp. 6427-6437, 2013.
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    @article{herremans2013composing,
    title = {Composing fifth species counterpoint music with a variable neighborhood search algorithm},
    author = {Herremans, Dorien and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {Expert systems with applications},
    volume = {40},
    number = {16},
    pages = {6427--6437},
    year = {2013},
    doi = {10.1016/j.eswa.2013.05.071},
    publisher = {Elsevier},
    keywords = {music and OR},
    }
  • H. Keune, J. Springael, and W. De Keyser, "Negotiated complexity: framing multi-criteria decision support in environmental health practice," American journal of operations research, vol. 3, pp. 153-166, 2013.
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    @article{keune2013negotiated,
    title = {Negotiated complexity: framing multi-criteria decision support in environmental health practice},
    author = {Keune, Hans and Springael, Johan and De Keyser, Wim},
    journal = {American Journal of Operations Research},
    volume = {3},
    pages = {153--166},
    year = {2013},
    doi = {10.4236/ajor.2013.31A015},
    publisher = {Scientific Research Publishing},
    keywords = {music and OR},
    }
  • D. Herremans and K. Sörensen, "Composing first species counterpoint with a variable neighbourhood search algorithm," Journal of mathematics and the arts, vol. 6, iss. 4, pp. 169-189, 2012.
    [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @article{herremans2012composing,
    title = {Composing first species counterpoint with a variable neighbourhood search algorithm},
    author = {Herremans, Dorien and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {Journal of Mathematics and the Arts},
    volume = {6},
    number = {4},
    pages = {169--189},
    year = {2012},
    doi = {10.1080/17513472.2012.738554},
    publisher = {Taylor \& Francis},
    keywords = {music and OR},
    }