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THE ROBOT COMPOSER - BACH COMPETITION

Pianist Alex Taylor recording the keyboard pieces in the Radio 3 In Tune studio
Prize Competition

Here are the results of the Robot Composer - Bach Competition, which closed at midnight on Christmas Day.
 
The correct answers were:

Track 1: the music was generated by a computer.
Listen to Track 1
Track 2: the music was Bach's Two-Part Invention in G.
Listen to Track 2
Track 3: the music was written by a human
Listen to Track 3

The Winner:
Mrs E C Wibberley, London SE6

Runners-up:
Mark Bigland-Pritchard, Bristol, Avon
Klaus Bung, Blackburn, Lancashire
Vittorio van Nouhuys, St Ives, Cornwall
Ernest J Shoobridge, Sheffield
Andrew Spencer, Essex
 
Notes:
The computer-generated Bach was created by Dave Cope of the University of Southern California. Information about Dave Cope, the computer programme, and Dave's realisations of original and computer-generated music can be found at: http://www.spectrumpress.com/cope-bio.html

The 'human' composer who created the third piece in the competition is Rachel Stott. Rachel Stott is a composer and viola player living in Highbury, North London. Her works include five song cycles, four music theatre pieces, three orchestral works, two string quartets and a children's opera, The Cuckoo Tree, as well as numerous other chamber music pieces. As light relief from original composition she enjoys writing pastiche and neo-pastiche. Her suite Notes from a Viol Cabinet, composed for the ensemble Sonnerie in 2002, is a work of contemporary political satire with references to the baroqueracy of the 17 th century, while Harmony and Invention , a series written for BBC Radio 3 in 2001, includes a movement of Purcell re-written according to the instructions on a washing machine, a recently discovered ring-tone by Vivaldi, a rare example of 18 th century Polynesian harpsichord music and the theme from The Magic Roundabout as composed by the 8-year-old Mozart.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Competition. 

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