Digital Creativity Special Issue

Digital Creativity 29(1) Feb 2018
Special Issue on Improvisational Creativity
Guest Editors: Jon McCormack, Toby Gifford, Shelly Knotts

This special issue grew out of a similarly themed workshop on improvisational creativity held in Prato, Italy in July 2017 (McCormack, Gifford, and Knotts 2017). Some of papers in this special issue arose from discussions and collaborations formed at the workshop. Additionally, the workshop fleshed out a number of topics that became the basis for this special issue, including those that have yet to be adequately explored in published research. They include generalisable design principles for computational improvisors and the evaluation of their efficacy. As it turned out, the majority of submissions address the theme of improvisational creativity in relation to music performance and technology. This largely reflects the nature of the submitted material, but also may be a reflection of the background and expertise of the editors. We hope that artists and researchers practising in any area still find plenty of interest and relevance to their own practice or discipline.

A figure from the paper “Computational Systems for Music Improvisation”

The papers:

Jon McCormack (2018) Improvisational creativity, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 1-4, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2018.1423998

Andrew R. Brown (2018) Creative improvisation with a reflexive musical bot, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 5-18, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2017.1419979

Toby Gifford, Shelly Knotts, Jon McCormack, Stefano Kalonaris, Matthew Yee-King & Mark d’Inverno (2018) Computational systems for music improvisation, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 19-36, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2018.1426613

Oliver Bown (2018) Performer interaction and expectation with live algorithms: experiences with Zamyatin, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 37-50, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2018.1432663

Eleonora Oreggia & Graham White (2018) When technology goes out of control, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 51-67, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2018.1426612

Doug Van Nort (2018) Conducting the in-between: improvisation and intersubjective engagement in soundpainted electro-acoustic ensemble performance, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 68-81, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2018.1423997

Emma Cocker (2018) What now, what next—kairotic coding and the unfolding future seized, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 82-95, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2017.1419978

Suk Kyoung Choi (2018) Guess, check and fix: a phenomenology of improvisation in ‘neural’ painting, Digital Creativity, 29:1, 96-114, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2018.1423995