Turing test: Software that produces original music in the style of great composers can fool experts.

David Cope's Emmy program produced thousands of scores in the style of classical heavyweights, many so impressive that classical music scholars failed to identify them as computer-created.

Now, his successor product, “Emily Howell,” aims to create modern music.

Douglas Hofstadter worries in Cope's book, Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style, “things that touch me at my deepest core — pieces of music most of all, which I have always taken as direct soul-to-soul messages — might be effectively produced by mechanisms thousands if not millions of times simpler than the intricate biological machinery that gives rise to a human soul.”

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