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Algorithms for Computer Music

When: Winter semester 2018


Mickael Zehren, Prof. Paolo Bientinesi
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This seminar is well suited for motivated students who are passionate about both music and computers. Ideally, you want to work on a MS thesis in computer music.

All the topics are concerned with the algorithmic/automatic solution of a music-related problem.
E.g.: identification of a musical composer, generation of music, simulation of an acoustic environment, ...

Every student gives a presentation and writes a report on the assigned topic. The presentation must contain music.


  • Reasonable knowledge of the fundamentals of music
  • Good command of algorithms & complexity
  • Familiarity with multiple programming languages
  • Strong mathematical background

Seminar rules

  • Attendance is mandatory
  • Grade:
    • 40% code / analysis / interpretation
    • 40% presentation
    • 20% report


  • When: Wednesdays, 5.15pm
  • Where: Rogowski 115, AICES seminar room, Schinkelstrasse 2


  • Wednesday, 17/10/2018 17:15 Topic assignment
  • Tuesday, 06/11/2018 23:59 Plan of action, Dropout limit date
  • Tuesday, 08/01/2019 23:59 Checkpoint: Slides draft, current state of the code
  • Tuesday, 05/02/2019 23:59 Slides final, report, code
  • Wednesday, 06/02/2019 17:15 Presentations
    • Owais Ahmed: Recommendation
    • Christian Niklas Kotulla: Generation
  • Wednesday, 13/02/2019 17:15 Presentations
    • Kim Sebastian Brose: DJ Assessment
    • Muhammad Bilal Saeed: Generation
    • Kaspar Maximilian Scharf: DJ Monitoring