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After 20 years of formal musical training, I began studies with George Rochberg until his death in 2005.
Eastman School of Music
Graduated Eastman with Doctorate of Music (Comp/Piano/History with Computer Music Specialization)
Taught advanced composition, graduate pedagogy, theory, aural skills, and computer music at Dickinson College and West Chester University
Machine Listening Research
Developed machine listening and classification algorithms and tested a range of business cases. Left university teaching to maintain ownership of IP.
Initial patent filing: Pub. No.: WO/2009/085054 International Application No.: PCT/US2007/089225. Applied classification and similarity technology to copyright infringement detection.
Publishing and Validation
Published “Adaptive Melodic Segmentation and Motivic identification” at International Computer Music Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Related talks followed at Vanderbilt University, NYU, and Drexel University.
Founded Clio Music
Raised “Series-A” venture capital and relocated company to NYC. As Chief Science Officer I headed design and development of Clio algorithms that deliver ‘sounds-like’ similarity metadata for music of any style or genre.
Tracking Musical Influence
Clio Music partners with Rumblefish and TiVo (formerly Rovi). Clio technology begins powering TiVo’s “Music Metadata Influence” offering. Awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,084,677 (US8084677)
Mellon Foundation Research
Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant to research descriptors in musical contexts. To do this, I developed cognition-based machine listening algorithms and performed network analysis of musical descriptors to identify connections between musical affect and language. You can read more about this work here.
The Beethoven Machine
“The Beethoven Machine” is an interview produced by Sean Hurley about Isomer that aired nationally on Here & Now (NPR) on November 21, 2014.
Composition in the Digital World
Composition in the Digital World — Conversations with 21st Century American Composers by Robert Raines contains in-depth discussion about the state of computational creativity and the modern musical landscape. You can order your very own copy here.
Created Isomer software to explore computational creativity. Over time Isomer learns how human-composed music creates and satisfies expectation (emotional tension) and uses this to assist me as a creative partner. This work is ongoing, but you can hear our most recent collaborative effort here.
Greg Wilder: Artist Statement
I believe the advancement of artistic and imaginative intelligence depends on human-computer collaboration. Specifically, I use computers to search the world of music and discover universal verities in order to escape the cycle of non-progressive art. My work is aimed at the creation of an emotionally charged, passionate musical language to act as a transcendent intrusion on the all too often derivative work that has plagued us in the first years of the 21st century.
My aim is to encourage the survival of music as a progressively human expression of art.
There many dangers in creating art that acts counter to the human nervous system, and a meaningful way forward isn’t manageable without mastering the devices previous music has employed to engage so successfully with our brains. Software can survey an incredibly large musical corpus and generate material that responds to the perceived patterns and expectations found throughout the entirety of human musical practice. Incorporating this historic bias is what differentiates my work from that of strictly rule-based and neural network approaches to computational creativity.
Selected Lectures, Interviews, & Publications
March 2015 — Composition in the Digital World: Conversations with 21st Century American Composers (Oxford University Press)
In depth interviews with leading composers of contemporary classical music (pp. 295-305)
November 2014 — National Public Radio (NPR) (Radio Broadcast: Here & Now)
National radio interview focused on the Isomer Project and its implications
January 2013 — “Model-Based Approaches to Computation Creativity: The Architecture of Isomer”
Drexel University: Music Entertainment and Technology Laboratory, Philadelphia, PA
November 2012 — “Computational Creativity: Teaching Computers to Listen”
Dickinson College: Music and Computer-Science Departments, Carlisle, PA
December 2011 — U.S. Patent No. 8,084,677 (US8084677)
“System and Method for Adaptive Segmentation and Motivic Identification”
November 2009 — “How Automated Musical Analysis will Shape the Future of the Music Industry”
New York University: Music and Audio Research Laboratory, New York, NY
September 2008 — “Adaptive Melodic Segmentation and Motivic Identification”
Queen’s University: Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast, Ireland
February 2008 — “Parsing Musical Language: An Automated Approach”
Vanderbilt University: Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Nashville, TN
Selected Awards & Honors
2018 Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology 16th Biennial Symposium
2013 Mellon Foundation Research Grant
2003 HSA “Outstanding Faculty Member”
2003 Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Member
2003 William Penn Foundation Grant
2003 Subito Advancement Grant
2001 ASCAP Music Achievement Award
2001 Lewis University Competition
2001 MATA Competition
2001 Bowling Green New Music Festival
2000 Czech-American Music Institute
2000 Society of Composers Inc.
2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters (Nomination)
1999 Austin Peay State University
1999 Orvis Prize in Vocal Composition (Finalist)
1999 Czech-American Music Institute
1998 American Academy of Arts and Letters (Nomination)
1998 ASCAP Music Achievement Award
1998 Britten-on-the-Bay Competition
1997 ASCAP Music Achievement Award
1996 MTNA Collegiate Competition
1996 BGSU James Paul Kennedy Award
1995 ASCAP Composers Competition
1995 BGSU Special Achievement Award
1995 John W. Strong Studio Award
1995 International Center for American Music
Dr. Greg Wilder is a composer, pianist, and music informatics specialist, whose work has resulted in patents and a music analysis platform, called Clio Music, currently in use by leading companies throughout the digital media technology industry. An Eastman-trained composer/pianist, Dr. Wilder collaborates with choreographers, filmmakers, theater directors and animators around the globe as composer, sound designer and audio engineer. A complete CV is available via LinkedIn.