AI Ink

Why does music touch our soul?

Noise is an important element in the creativity of artificial intelligence. To understand the relationship between noise and the “soul” in a machine, we used temperature and human interaction as noise in the AI Ink project while composing music with artificial intelligence. After all, temperature is also associated to emotions in the human body.

In the AI Ink prototype, participants used the digital pen tablet by partner WACOM to express how they felt this year with a temperature line that generates music. A section of music capturing the emotion of each participant will be collected to create one large music representing our year as a society during the pandemic. AI carries and connects our souls, opening new possibilities of co-creation between humans and machines.
AI Ink is part of the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Future Ink research.

The Collective Blue Danube

The first prototype of AI Ink was presented during the Ars Electronica Festival 2021, as part of the Alchemists of the Future exhibition, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ars Electronica Futurelab. At the AI Ink prototype experience, visitors could compose music together with an AI system that turned their emotional state of the past 12 months into a collective new version of The Blue Danube waltz.


Ars Electronica Futurelab: Horst Hörtner, Ali Nikrang, Hideaki Ogawa, Yoko Shimizu
Wacom Co., Ltd.

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