Computer-generated music has a soul

John Brownlee explores computer-generated music that passes the spiritual Turing test of evoking complex human emotion.

[Imagine] your favorite author says any novel could be written this way. "I could tell my program to analyze the works of Vladimir Nabokov for style, Dan Brown for plot, use the complete cast of Scooby-Doo for characters, and the themes of James Joyce's Ulysses, and my algorithm could generate a thousand different unique novels in just a few days!" he explains. "All you need to do is know how to tell my algorithm what all those things mean."

Novels, of course, are not written this way, at least not yet. If they were, you'd likely feel betrayed. But music is.