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A dubstep remix competition... for robots

Queen Mary, University of London is launching a music competition which will see music made by computers, judged by computers, to celebrate the SuperCollider Symposium 2012.

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SuperCollider is a computer programming language which specialises in sound and music, enabling people to design anything from 96-speaker musical pieces to an interactive sound exhibit controlled by waving your arms.

For the April event, the Symposium team are looking for dance music producers and hackers to take the SuperCollider source code for Chordpunch artist Kiti le Step’s latest algorithmic dubstep production, and remix it into something new.

Entrants can either take the source code and change it so that it outputs a totally new piece of music, or remix the original audio track.

Nick Collins (University of Sussex) has gathered a panel of fully automatic algorithms to judge the entries. The algorithms are called Kode Fine, Critex and Judge Rules, and will use their artificial intelligence to determine which of the entries are up to scratch.

The three best entries will win a Novation Launchpad, and will be announced at the SuperCollider Symposium in April 2012. Winning entries will also be available online.

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