Intelligent Jazz Accompaniment

This research, developed jointly at Drexel University and Swarthmore College, investigates the ability of a computer to act as a sensitive accompanist in the jazz idiom. Automatic accompaniment systems address four main problems: feature extraction, score-following, accompaniment control, and sound synthesis. Jazz performance practice complicates the issue of score-following considerably, as jazz scores are not completely specified.

This system will take as input a MIDI representation of a jazz score as well as live input from bass, drums, and a saxophone. It will provide as output a live piano part, completing the jazz quartet.