A naive model of human creativity / dadaist song-writing code circa 1999-2000
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A naive model of human creativity / dadaistic song-writing code.


Code that I wrote as my college thesis project at the State University of New York at Oswego, circa 1999-2000. Implementing a naive demonstration of potential paradigm of human creativity: blind variation and selective retention (evolutionary computation), with a trained neural network standing in for human subjective judgement (fitness evaluator).

I have left this code untouched for posterity's sake. It is a code time capsule.

A full account of the theory, model, documentation of code, and results of computational experiments can be found in thesis/doc/levythesis2000.pdf

Song Writer

A stripped down POEVOLVE that I pulled out a few years later is a useful piece of code that I have never bothered to improve but have used many times. It generates random lyrics based on syllabic stress templates.

To use, create a template (see the included example templates *.sng).

sudo apt-get install clisp
chmod +x ./song-writer.l
./song-writer.l sonnet.sng

Copyright (C) 1999-2000 Robert P. Levy

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.