Let’s face it: one day the computers will be our masters. But in the meantime, they’re starting to make our master recordings. Emily Howell is a piece of software developed by Californian professor David Cope, and it’s getting a lot of press for the quality of its computer-generated music compositions. So much so, that Emily is about to release its first album. Human composers have been sniffy about the project, apparently. “Now those same composers are looking at a competitor – a virtual composer competing in the same arena with her own style and music that is really excellent,” he says. “It seems to me that these composers should feel a little less smug and more defensive about their position.”

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