AirTalk for November 18, 2009

Virtual composer

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Two piano pieces almost certainly composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are presented on August 2, 2009 during a press conference in the composer's birthplace of Salzburg.

Who—or what—is Emily Howell? The composer has a new CD coming out, but "her" work has stirred up confusion. That's because Emily Howell is a computer program, quite literally the brain child of UC Santa Cruz professor emeritus, David Cope. Himself a musician and composer, Cope is also a computer programmer. Larry talks with Cope about the genesis and genius of Emily Howell.

Guest:


David Cope, Professor, UC Santa Cruz


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