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CinBalada: A multiagent rhythm factory


CinBalada is a system for automatic creation of polyphonic rhythmic performances by mixing elements from different musical styles. This system is based on agents that act as musicians playing percussion instruments in a drum circle. Each agent has to choose from a database the rhythm pattern of its instrument that satisfies the “rhythmic role” assigned to him in order to produce a collectivelyconsistent rhythmic performance. A rhythmic role is a concept that we proposed here with the objective of representing culture-specific rules for creation of polyphonic performances.


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Sampaio, P.A., Ramalho, G. & Tedesco, P. CinBalada: A multiagent rhythm factory. J Braz Comp Soc 14, 31–49 (2008).

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  • rhythm composition
  • rhythmic role
  • multiagent system