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The Art of Artificial Evolution

A Handbook on Evolutionary Art and Music

  • Juan Romero
  • Penousal Machado
  • Apart from conference proceedings, there is no up-to-date title dealing with the full range of bioinspired techniques in art and music, and these editors are uniquely well qualified to assemble the best author team for this subject, having chaired the EVOMUSART workshop at the largest European natural computing event for the last 3 years (Euro. GP 2004, Euro.

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Part of the Natural Computing Series book series (NCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Evolutionary Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthew Lewis
      Pages 3-37
  3. Evolutionary Music

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. James McDermott, Niall J. L. Griffith, Michael O’Neill
      Pages 81-101
    3. Tim Blackwell
      Pages 103-122
    4. Rafael Ramirez, Amaury Hazan, Jordi Marine, Xavier Serra
      Pages 123-142
  4. Real-World Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Christian Jacob, Gerald Hushlak
      Pages 145-166
    3. Martin Hemberg, Una-May O’Reilly, Achim Menges, Katrin Jonas, Michel da Costa Gonçalves, Steven R. Fuchs
      Pages 167-188
    4. Charlie D. Frowd, Peter J. B. Hancock
      Pages 189-210
  5. Artistic Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Nicolas Monmarché, Isabelle Mahnich, Mohamed Slimane
      Pages 227-247
    3. J. J. Ventrella
      Pages 269-288
    4. Philip Galanter
      Pages 311-332

About this book


While improvements in computer performance are dramatically changing the computer-generated art industry, scientists in natural computing have teamed up with artists to examine how bioinspired systems can influence art, technology and even aesthetic appreciation.
This comprehensive book gives an up-to-date survey of the relevant bioinspired computing research fields – such as evolutionary computation, artificial life, swarm intelligence and ant colony algorithms – and examines applications in art, music and design. The editors and contributors are researchers and artists with deep experience of the related science, tools and applications, and the book includes overviews of historical developments and future perspectives.
The book will be of interest to computer scientists and artists engaged with natural computing techniques applied to art, music and design.  The book is supported with a dedicated website.


Artificial evolution Computer Computer-aided design Computer-generated art Computer-generated music Evolutionary computating Natural computing algorithms artificial life automata intelligence

Editors and affiliations

  • Juan Romero
    • 1
  • Penousal Machado
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information and Communication TechnologiesUniversity of A Coruña Campus de ElvinaSpain
  2. 2.CISUC Dept. of Informatics EngineeringUniversity of CoimbraPortugal

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"A great strength of this collection is its inspirational potential. While reading it I compiled notes for five possible projects derived from (and often fusing) the techniques presented. I enjoyed reading the book, finding it both educational and thought-provoking. Anyone interested in evolved art should peruse this tome. It grants a sense of the breadth of the field and also permits readers to evaluate their personal potential and preparedness to become evolutionary artists. Serious practitioners will want this volume in their collections." (Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, Vol. 2(2), 2008, pp. 103–106)

"This book presents an overview of the state of the art in EMA as it gains maturity as a research discipline and artistic practice. … the book is accessible to technically competent artists and musicians, but also to artificial life researchers who may have an interest in how familiar techniques can be applied in creative settings." (Alice Eldridge, Artificial Life, Vol. 15 (2), 2009)

"The book is a compilation of papers and essays by computer scientists, psychologists, practicing artists, designers, and musicians who have applied the theory and techniques of evolutionary computation to the visual arts, design, and music. The ideas, examples, and writing are of uniformly high quality." (Anthony J. Duben, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2008)

"The editors’ objective was to create a handbook for evolutionary art and music by providing extensive coverage of existing work, giving enough background information for newcomers to get started and to provide possible direction for research. … It is intended for a wide readership, ranging from researchers to artists … . For people already active in evolutionary art and music, or who want to start working in it, I would certainly recommend this book. It certainly deserves a place in university libraries." (Jeroen Eggermont, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, Vol. 10 (1), 2009)