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Open Melody - a human-AI collaborative music creativity tool

posted on 2020-10-16, 08:30 authored by Robin LaneyRobin Laney
A Processing language sketch that implements the OU's Open Melody tool.

Installation files are in the accompanying file.

A demonstration video is included in the Open Melody collection.

Open Melody is a tool to allow users to create music in collaboration with AI. It was developed at the Open University by Dr Robin Laney and Dr Raymond Whorley. it is an on-going project, so feel free to contact us at

The work builds on a statistical music generation approach developed by Andrew Milne, whilst at the Open University, and published in the following paper.

Milne, Andrew J.; Laney, Robin and Sharp, David B. (2016). Testing a Spectral Model of Tonal Affinity with Microtonal Melodies and Inharmonic Spectra. Musicae Scientiae, 20(4) pp. 465–494. doi:

The work is also influenced, in using repetition, by the Racchmaninof algorithm of Tom collins covered in the following paper.

Collins T. & Laney R. (2017) “Computer-Generated Stylistic Compositions with Long-Term Repetitive and Phrasal Structure”, Journal of Creative Music Systems. 1(2). doi:




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