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Monterey Mirror

Performing arts students Chee-Hang See (left) and Amy Tan (not visible) play the keyboards while two computerized Monterey Mirrors capture and respond to the musicians styles at the College of Charleston.

Credit: Wade Spees/The Post and Courier

College of Charleston researchers have developed Monterey Mirror, an interactive music performance system.

When a musician plays a piece of music, Monterey Mirror captures the style and plays something similar back. College of Charleston performing arts students recently created an interactive performance with the Monterey Mirror, combining human skill with artificial intelligence.

The system is an example of how computer science and be merged with the arts, says College of Charleston professor Bill Manaris.

The College of Charleston's computer science department is trying to engage more students in computer science by combining it with other disciplines, such as business, analytics, and music, says department chairman Chris Starr. "We're attracting a new kind of student that is technically competent and creative," Starr says. "Not just one or the other."

The researchers are currently working on adapting the system to the human voice.

From Charleston Post and Courier
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