The Beyond the Fence Musical and Computer Says Show Documentary

Colton, Simon, Llano, Teresa, Hepworth, Rose, Charnley, John, Gale, Cat, Baron, Archie, Pachet, Francois, Roy, Pierre, Gervas, Pablo, Collins, Nick, Sturm, Bob, Weyde, Tilde, Wolff, Daniel and Lloyd, John (2016) The Beyond the Fence Musical and Computer Says Show Documentary. In: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Computational Creativity, France.

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During 2015 and early 2016, the cultural application of Com- putational Creativity research and practice took a big leap for- ward, with a project where multiple computational systems were used to provide advice and material for a new musical theatre production. Billed as the world’s first ‘computer mu- sical ... conceived by computer and substantially crafted by computer’, Beyond The Fence was staged in the Arts Theatre in London’s West End during February and March of 2016. Various computational approaches to analytical and genera- tive sub-projects were used to bring about the musical, and these efforts were recorded in two 1-hour documentary films made by Wingspan Productions, which were aired on Sky Arts under the title Computer Says Show. We provide de- tails here of the project conception and execution, including details of the systems which took on some of the creative re- sponsibility in writing the musical, and the contributions they made. We also provide details of the impact of the project, including a perspective from the two (human) writers with overall control of the creative aspects the musical.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Computer Science, Information & General Works
Courses by Department: The Games Academy > Digital Games
Depositing User: Simon Colton
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 13:42
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 13:45


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