Data from: Evolution of music by public choice

Robert M. MacCallum, Matthias Mauch, Austin Burt & Armand M. Leroi
Music evolves as composers, performers, and consumers favor some musical variants over others. To investigate the role of consumer selection, we constructed a Darwinian music engine consisting of a population of short audio loops that sexually reproduce and mutate. This population evolved for 2,513 generations under the selective influence of 6,931 consumers who rated the loops’ aesthetic qualities. We found that the loops quickly evolved into music attributable, in part, to the evolution of aesthetically...

Registration Year

  • 2012

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  • Dataset


  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • Imperial College London