Music Mouse

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Music Mouse is an algorithmic musical composition software developed by Laurie Spiegel.

Spiegel's best known and most widely used software, "Music Mouse - An Intelligent Instrument" (1986) is for Macintosh, Amiga and Atari computers.[1][2][3] The "intelligent instrument" name refers to the program's built-in knowledge of chord and scale convention and stylistic constraints.[4] Automating these processes allows the user to focus on other aspects of the music in real time.[5] In addition to improvisations using this software, Spiegel composed several works for "Music Mouse", including Cavis muris in 1986, Three Sonic Spaces in 1989, and Sound Zones in 1990.[6] She continued to update the program through Macintosh OS 9. It remained available until 2021; as of 2023, the website is no longer active and is archived on the Wayback Machine.[3][additional citation(s) needed]

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  1. ^ Commodore Magazine, Sept. 1987
  2. ^ Simoni, Mary (1998). "Profiles of Determination", p.20. Computer Music Journal 22 (4): 19-28.
  3. ^ a b Laurie Spiegel. "Computer Software by Laurie Spiegel". Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  4. ^ Dean, R.T. (2003). Hyperimprovisation: Computer-interactive Sound Improvisation. p. 62. ISBN 0895795086.
  5. ^ Hinkle-Turner, Elizabeth (2006). Women Composers And Music Technology in the United States. p. 47. ISBN 0754604616.
  6. ^ Gagné, Nicole V. (2011). Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music. p. 255. ISBN 978-0810867659.

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