AAAI Publications, First AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

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CrowdBand: An Automated Crowdsourcing Sound Composition System
Mary Pietrowicz, Danish Chopra, Amin Sadeghi, Puneet Chandra, Brian P. Bailey, Karrie Karahalios

Last modified: 2013-11-03


CrowdBand, a sound composition system, demonstrates how a crowd can create works that meet requested criteria and fulfill the aesthetic character given by keyword description and examples. CrowdBand allows flexibility in music composition in terms of duration of the music, completion time and cost of music composition by giving the requestor two modes - thrifty and normal. CrowdBand’s workflow divides the composition task into three sections: requesting fundamental sounds, assembling sounds into compositions, and evaluating the results. Based on the crowd workers’ responses, we conclude that crowdsourced workers who are non-musicians can design sound and create novel sound compositions through CrowdBand. We also conclude that CrowdBand gives the musically-untrained crowd workers the ability to use common compositional techniques, such as sound layering, vertical stacking of sounds to create harmonic effects, related melodic lines (contrapuntal techniques), and transitions between aesthetic notions, or sound themes. Finally, we show improved, faster results with successive simplification and examples.


Crowdsourcing; music; sound; composition

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