Nature has some aesthetically pleasing inherent melodies, but it likely doesn’t compose them for the same reasons as we do, and certainly not to the same extent. So intent on new musics are we that we’ll create machines and algorithms that can go further than us. Yet we are still at the early stages of artificial intelligence, while computers might still be a little way off improvising jazz to a human standard, the thought of watching a band made of both human and artificial minds improvise new music is exc
Check out some of the samples linked to in the article. As of late I often find myself divided between the “early adopter” in me, who tends to fully embrace new technology as it becomes available – at least where it pertains to the realm of creativity-, and the more evolution-resistant conservative. While there are some very liberating aspects with the idea of making music on a computer – and the latter possibly soon informed by and infused with artificial intelligence, even a portion of creativity built into these algorithms -, the social aspect seems to be on the decline. And the latter seems to be correlated with the inherent value and societal significance with all things “culture” and the arts – as we can already see in today’s world, where music has been relegated to the back seat of commodity rather than a culturally or even societally relevant phenomenon. I hope, I’m wrong with this take on things….