Futurelab Ideas Expedition 2021: Sounding Letters, Ali Nikrang
Sounding Letters – AI and human intelligence in concert

There have been many attempts to express music in words. But what happens when you transform a sequence of letters into music with the help of Artificial Intelligence?

When Artists make use of Artificial Intelligence

The powerful tool "artificial intelligence" is increasingly finding its way into media art. Three artists talk about how they use AI and where they see their role as artists.

Classical Music: Composed by AI, Played by Humans

It sounds paradoxical, but what would happen if artificial intelligence writes the notes for us and we only take on the role of musicians?

Artificial compositions and machine-made music - The AIxMusic Festival 2020

Music and technology, artificial intelligence and musical instruments, discussion panels and workshops. One term unites all these elements in one: The AIxMusic Festival!

Ali Nikrang
Digital Data in major and minor

Can machines create? As a key researcher and artist on the subject of Creative Intelligence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, he has been dealing with this question since many years. The algorithm is in his blood, Ali Nikrang is an expert in artificial intelligence and music.

How Machines See Music
Of rhythms and algorithms

They promise a future full of convenience and are said to surpass us humans in every respect quite soon. Artificial intelligence is already way ahead of us in many areas of competence. Just a few years ago, we thought that it was human creativity alone that distinguished the analogue from the digitally generated work. Because Mahler and Chopin cannot be replaced by algorithms. Or, can they?

AI, Music and the Change of the Audience

Hugues Vinet, head of research activities at IRCAM, told us in an interview how the world's largest research centre dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research works, why AI has social relevance and what role he and his team will play at the festival.

Mahler-Unfinished: When man and machine make music

At the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival, the tenth symphony by Gustav Mahler will be performed at the Big Concert Night (FRI, Sept. 6). Why this is extraordinary? The composer never finished it - together with an artificially intelligent algorithm, Ali Nikrang, Key Researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, has now completed the piece. In an interview, he and Markus Poschner, chief conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra, tell us more.

The best festival tips for: Music Lovers

More than 540 events with more than 1400 artists at 16 locations in and around Linz will be taking place at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. To make it a little easier for you to choose, we have summarized the best festival tips for music lovers.

The last Big Concert Night in POSTCITY

It is the prelude to the first ever "AIxMusic Festival" and at the same time one of the last concerts to take place at POSTCITY Linz during the Ars Electronica Festival. We talked to Norbert Trawöger, the artistic director of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and Gerfried Stocker, the artistic director of Ars Electronica, about this fascinating place, Gustav Mahler and artificial intelligence.

Volkmar Klien: Total Optimization and Defiance - About artificial intelligence and musical composition

Volkmar Klien, co-curator of the AIxMusic Festival as well as of the Sonic Saturday at the 2019 Ars Electronica Festival, on the relationship between AI and music.

AI x Music Festival: A look ahead

Music is probably the most emotional art form of all. If we observe people talking about music, recalling their experiences and memories, a difference to their usual style quickly becomes apparent. They touch their hearts, lower their voices, look inside, let their emotions run free. Music is an art form that expresses our feelings in an almost magical way.

"Today they would be called programmers"

Since June 25, the Ars Electronica Center has been hosting the new "AI X Music" exhibition, which deals with the interaction between artificial intelligence and music as well as the encounter between human creativity and technical perfection. In this interview, Marianne Kneidinger and Gertraud Koblmiller from the Mechanische Klangfabrik Haslach explain the role played by the centuries-old instruments barrel piano and flute.