Memex Music and Gambling Games: EVE’s Take on Lucky Number 13

Kevin Burns, Shlomo Dubnov

Memex is an algorithmic composition, created by a computer program that operates on a database of works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Coincidentally, the backward/forward odds used in composing Memex are the same as the win/loss odds of a typical slot machine. Each aesthetic experience is quantified in terms of marginal entropies, and the computed results are seen to be similar when plotted in the form of Goldilocks functions, which show how pleasure varies with probability P. This finding suggests that pleasure may be modeled by information gains in these and perhaps other media experiences.

Subjects: 1.1 Art And Music; 1.8 Game Playing

Submitted: May 17, 2006


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