Circular Records for Circular Futures

Can records be made from biomaterials? Artists Kat Austen and Fara Peluso think so and will work on developing a low-carbon alternative to vinyl during their S+T+ARTS Residency.

Origami, robotics and a new world of music

How do origami and robotics create music? The Ars Electronica Futurelab's new video presents the world of oribotic instruments.

25 years Ars Electronica Futurelab, Night Performances
Morphologies – Digital Formations and Analog Music

Analog music generates digital visualizations: Maki Namekawa, Cori O'Lan and Rubin Kodheli in a timeless night performance at Deep Space 8K.

Ars Electronica Futurelab Night Performances
11°22'4''142°35'5'' – Noise and Visuals in Deep Space 8K

Accordion Noise and Visual Performance 11°22'4''142°35'5'' took us down to the deepest point of the Mariana Trench as part of the Ars Electronica Futurelab's Night Performances in Deep Space 8K.

Klaus Schulze playing the Steel Symphony
Throwback: Linz Steel Symphony

In 1980, electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze opened the Ars Electronica Festival with a concert of live recorded sounds from the Linz steelworks voestalpine.

Ars Electronica Futurelab, 25th anniversary, Futurelab Day
[ˈdaːzaɪn] – Audiovisual Performance

Embedded in a technical, symbolic and metaphysical universe, the audiovisual performance [ˈdaːzaɪn] by media artists Arno Deutschbauer and Micha Elias Pichlkastner alias "Sective" immersed the packed Deep Space 8K in a reloaded atmosphere.

Und Ja, And Yes

Trombonist Werner Puntigam, guitarist Beat Keller and percussionist Georg Wilbertz have come together at the Ars Electronica Center to present their freely improvised chamber music miniatures.

Temazcal: Vizualized Percussion Performance with Elliott Gaston-Ross in Deep Space 8K
Temazcal – The art of percussion

An acoustic, visual and digital interpretation of Javier Alvarez's "Temazcal" for maracas by percussion artist Elliott Gaston-Ross to live visuals by Florian Berger.

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?

Inside Ars Electronica Futurelab: 25th Anniversary Series
Creative (Artificial) Intelligence

What differentiates analog from digitally generated work?

Nocturne 2021: the Pandemic on big screen.

An extraordinary artwork, created in an extraordinary period. Nocturne brings the time of the Pandemic in the Deep Space 8K.

At the Pulse of Time

In 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica, one of the world's most important competitions for media art, was launched. Every year at the Ars Electronica Festival, the best works can be admired in the CyberArts exhibition. This year, again.

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?

He lets mini-robots make music

An interview with this year's EMAP Residency Artist: Moritz Simon Geist!

Who was Isao Tomita?

He not only laid the foundations of the synthesizer boom, but also pushed boundaries and influenced numerous sound artists.

About disappearance

In 2020, Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger receives the City of Linz's Art Appreciation Award in the category of Media, Product and Communication Design and defy the event-free times with a performance on December 1 in the Ars Electronica Center's Deep Space 8K that will be broadcast on Home Delivery. A different kind of awards ceremony.

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?

How to compose with MuseNet a piece of music in the style of Mozart

We tried for you how to compose music with the Deep Neural Network "MuseNet" from OpenAI and made a step-by-step guide based on it. If you want to learn more about composing music using AI, you should visit the Open Soundstudio at the Ars Electronica Center and participate in the "MuseNet Special" workshop.

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.

The apt noise for our disturbed existence

The Prix Ars Electronica 2019 Golden Nica in the category “Digital Musics & Sound Art” is staying in the country: for the first time, an Austrian has won the prize as a solo entrant. The Austrian composer and producer Peter Kutin studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, and has written and developed music for film, theater, performance, contemporary dance, and radio.

Hard Rock, Unplugged, in Deep Space 8K: Sergeant Steel

On October 25, 2018, Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Center will turn into a concert hall once again: the hard rock band Sergeant Steel is celebrating their tenth anniversary by playing unplugged with audiovisual accompaniment. We interviewed them to find out exactly what to expect.

Human and Machine, Dancing: SILK Fluegge

At the Ars Electronica Festival’s Big Concert Night on September 9, 2018, Silke Grabinger and two members of her SILK Fluegge troupe will dance to Symphonie Fantastique performed by the Bruckner Orchestra in the Gleishalle of POSTCITY Linz. Find out more in this interview.