Artificial Intelligence meets Music
AI x Music is an exhibition about the encounter between Artificial Intelligence and music, as well as human creativity and technical perfection. Music might be the most emotional of all art forms, but it is also deeply connected to mathematics, to the physics of sound production, and to the craftmanship of instrument makers. This means that from the very beginning, the history of music is also the history of the instruments, tools, and devices needed to perform it, record it, and reproduce it.
From the first string and wind instruments of ancient times to the digital synthesizers of today, from the wax rollers and soot-covered glass plates of the first precursors of the gramophone to the digital streaming services of the Internet, composers and musicians have always been pioneers of the technological possibilities of their time. Now Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence offer a multitude of possibilities for creative composition. Artists all over the world are already experimenting with them.
The exhibition takes a look at the cultural and technological history of mechanical music players, bridges the gap between them and the new developments in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, and shows that far from being mere technological phenomena, they raise fundamental questions about the relationship between human and machine.
You can explore this exhibition during 30-minute presentations from TUE to FRI.
Find more information here: Presentation: AI à— Music
On weekends you can freely explore the exhibition anytime during opening hours from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Spring mechanism, coin slot, ten melodies, Poupart, Ciocca, Mancier; Reims, France, 1900
At the appropriate time, one of the 20,000 or 30,000 nails or pins attached to a wooden cylinder actuates a hammer, which then strikes a piano string to produce the desired sound.
Bösendorfer Imperial 290 CEUS
A very special Bösendorfer grand piano is the Bösendorfer 290 Imperial CEUS computer grand, developed in 2005 in cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology.
Flute Organ with Crank and Pinned Barrel
1795 Fa. Clavis; Wien
One of the exhibits of the Sound Factory Haslach is the flute organ: a mechanical musical instrument that plays automatically by means of a pinned roller.
The Instrument That Plays by Itself
BanÅ« MÅ«sÄ ibn ShÄkir, Liang Zhipeng (CN), ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (DE)
The Banū Mūsā ibn Shākirs’ manuscript al-Āla allatī tuzammir bi-nafsihā from the mid-ninth century describes a universal flute player who, on closer inspection, turns out to be a programmable universal musical instrument.
Making Techno with Music Robots
Moritz Simon Geist (DE)
Making Techno with Music Robots is a sound installation in which robots play unusual homemade musical instruments.
Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye
Maki Namekawa (JP), Dennis Russell Davies (US/AT), Cori OLan (AT)
In 2016 Ars Electronica coproduced with Abu Dhabi Festival and LA-Phil a large-scale visualization for the orchestra version of Ma Mère l‘Oye.
Simple Harmonic Motion #5, #5r, #9l
Memo Akten (TR)
Simple Harmonic Motion is an ongoing series of works investigating complexity from simplicity.
The Berlioz Project
Brucknerorchester Linz (AT), SILK Fluegge (AT), Silke Grabinger (AT), Gergely Dudà¡s (HU), Elias Choi Buttinger (AT), Ursula Neugebauer (DE), KUKA GmbH (DE), Wacker Neuson (AT), Johannes Braumann (AT), Peter Freudling (AT), Cori O’Lan (AT)
For Markus Poschner, principal conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, it was the second time in 2018 that he swapped the concert hall for the POSTCITY’s rail hall.