Last year’s launch of the AIxMusic Festival at the extraordinary site of St. Florian Monastery was a huge success. It proved to be a promising starting point for a platform that doesn’t only address important issues on the ethical and creative dimensions of artificial intelligence, but also brings together great minds from a variety of disciplines on an international scale. As a forerunner and early adopter of technology, music is the ideal medium to spark a debate around these topics. Thus, for the second time, Ars Electronica is organizing the AIxMusic Festival in collaboration with the European Commission as part of the STARTS initiative.
This year, the AIxMusic Festival focuses on a deep insight into the latest research and artistic practices developed in conjunction with artificial intelligence and paying special attention to its potential to facilitate networked remote collaboration among musicians. In light of the difficult situation presented by coronavirus, digital information and communication tools became crucial solutions for artists to interact and perform at all. However, it is also clear that artificial intelligence harbours even greater possibilities for a networked approach to music, which is why Ars Electronica wants to contribute to the steady research and development in the field by actively encouraging interdisciplinary experiments with this technology. Due to the hybrid structure of the festival this year, the program includes on-site performances in Linz and other locations worldwide that will be streamed or showcased entirely online. The online platform invites different professionals – artists, musicians, composers and researchers – to discuss human-machine-interaction alongside concerts and performances, conferences, workshops and online exhibitions.
AIxMusic Conferences / Talks
Ars Electronica AIxMusic Online Hackathon: Final Presentations
Annelies Termeer (NL) moderator + Participants
For the occasion of the first online Festival, Ars Electronica will host its first international AIxMusic Hackathon as part of the AIxMusic Festival 2020.
AIxMusic – Artificial Stupidity
Moisés Horta-Valenzuela (MX/US), Artemi-Maria Gioti (GR), Ali Nikrang (AT), Alex Braga (IT) and Portrait XO (US)
The panel on Artificial Stupidity invites artist present at the Ars Electronica Festival to share their experiences in the context of AIxMusic. AI is a media trend right now and a controversial topic.
AI x Music Festival: Bot Bop Musical creation and innovation with AI
Andrew Claes (BE) and Dago Sondervan (NL)
Musical phrases are fed in real-time to a live coded machine learning model. The emerging virtual agent reacts and is again reacted to, creating an organic feedback loop. Utilising improvisational, instant composing and algorithmic musical techniques, listen to the duo becoming a trio during the course of this performance.
Interdependence with Richie Hawtin: AI for humans
Holly Herndon, Matt Dryhust
In this discussion we explode the false binary of humans and machines in the music making process, explore ways that AI systems could actually help get more humans paid rather than displace them, and discuss the necessity of artists having a seat at the table in the process of AI tool development.
John MacCallum(USA), Jeff Lubow (USA)
In this workshop, we will provide a brief, practical introduction to odot, a dynamic, multi-paradigm programming environment that operates on Open Sound Control. Developed at CNMAT beginning in 2007, odot has evolved into a powerful and robust suite of tools useful in a variety of contexts, from gesture signal processing to computer-aided composition. During this workshop, we will discuss the current state of the package and the future of the project.
AI x MUSIC: Artificial Creativity or Enhanced Humanity
The Grid (US/EU), Christine Payne (US), Monica Dinculescu (US), Ali Nikrang (AT), Clara Blume (AT/US)
The music industry was transformed drastically over the past couple of decades. For better or worse, these developments are tied to technological advancements and a rapidly adapting consumer behavior. Tech companies are invested in a future where AI forms an indispensable part of the creative process. Recent breakthroughs are already paving the way for music that is entirely created and performed by algorithms. But does that make AI an artist?
Talk: Frontiers of Music and Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence plays an increasingly prominent role in music composition, performance, and production. How does this benefit or undermine musicians? Where are such developments taking us? Two young protagonists at the leading edge of AIxMusic will debate the limits and future directions of AIxMusic, tackling topics ranging from classic questions of AI takeover to therapeutic and gaming applications to discussions of lightweight deep AI, of uncertainty and unknown models and dimensions.
Talk: Musical Generativities (Facilitated by H.Vinet)
Techniques for the automatic generation of music – which have long been focused on systems ruling the score – are now being deployed at all levels of sound representation: signal, gesture, symbol, form. Sound synthesis using deep networks constitutes a radical break with conventional modelling approaches. How do composers handle these emerging possibilities?
Machine folk music school
Bob L. T. Sturm (US)
“Machine folk music school” is led by Bob L. T. Sturm (US) via video conference. He teaches an AI-generated folk tune in the aural tradition. All musical instruments are welcome. (Come with your instrument!)
Music as Experience in an age of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Creativity
Kingston University and Durham University (UK), New York University (US), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart (DE), University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna (AT), KTH Stockholm (SE)
This discussion will focus on aspects of working with AI as artists, and also wider aspects about implications of the technology.
Ars Electronica AIxMusic Online Hackathon
Philippe Esling (FR), Lamtharn Hanoi Hantrakul (TH), Carmine Cella(IT), Edward Tiong (US) and Yishuang Chen (US)
For the occasion of the first online Festival, Ars Electronica will host its first international AIx Music Hackathon as part of the AIxMusic Festival 2020. The hackathon will take place online during the Ars Electronica Festival from 9-13 September 2020. Join our workshops and engage with other hackers, develop prototypes that musicians will be able to integrate, stimulate the use of open data and public resources!
AI x MUSIC FESTIVAL Opening Ceremony
The Grid (US/EU), Gray Area (US), Codame (US), ZERO1 (US), MUTEK.SF (US), EUNIC Silicon Valley (US), EUNIC Washington DC (US), EUNIC New York (US), Ars Electronica AIxMusic Festival (AT), STARTS, European Commission (EU), Center for Humane Technology (US), Salesforce (US)
Your guide through the AIxMUSIC FESTIVAL Opening Ceremony with Livestream.
AIxMusic in Kepler’s Garden at the JKU Campus
(from FRI September 11 to SUN September 13, 2020, Linz, Admission only with online ticket)
DIRTY LIVES BETTER
Barbara Ungepflegt (AT), Elsbeth Wallnöfer (IT)
Since December 2017 Barbara Ungepflegt has been Minister for Homelandtrash and International Affairs. Ungepflegt considers urgent measures to preserve the constantly disappearing homeland dirt until it is too late for Team Austria, animals and dumplings. In cooperation with Elsbeth Wallnöfer, chairwoman in the home country, the Minister will present in detail the program of DIRTY LIVES BETTER at the 2020 Ars Electronica Festival.
Big Concert Night 2020
The Big Concert Night in collaboration with Bruckner Orchestra Linz has been an integral and unique part of the Ars Electronica Festival for over a decade. Each year, it provides unique opportunities to explore and cross boundaries – an encounter between musical worlds.
Ricercar: An AI-Based Music Companion
Ali Nikrang (AT)
Ricercar is an interactive AI-based music composition system being developed by Ali Nikrang at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
How Machines See Music
Ali Nikrang (AT)
This installation visualizes some aspects of the inner life of a deep neural network for music composition called Ricercar that is being developed at Ars Electronica Futurelab.
Ali Nikrang (AT), Martin Honzik (AT), Alexander Wöran (AT)
Somnium is an installation playing with the ambience of the stunning location at the JKU TNF-tower and hymns, a musical form specifically written for the purpose of adoration or prayer.
Kerstin Ergenzinger (DE)
Pluvial is a sono-tactile architecture that follows the associative and physical quality of rain noise.
The Welcome Chorus
Yuri Suzuki (JP)
A work composed of 12 interactive horns, placed at Turner Contemporary, a contemporary art gallery in Kent, UK. It uses two methods – one is to feed lyrics and melodies by musicians into the AI and the other is to produce a short melody created by the AI recognizing vocal tone, tempo and specific words spoken into the sculptures by gallery visitors. Every few minutes, the work produces a unique chorus.
Maki Namekawa (JP/AT), Dennis Russell Davies (US), Cori OʼLan (AT)
Pianographique is an ongoing artistic collaboration of the two pianists Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies with the digital-media artist Cori O‘Lan.
Acts of Substitution without Bodily Contact: Making Music in the Age of Quarantine
The Telharmonic Orchestra (AT) feat. Richard Garet (US) & Daniel Neumann (US/DE)
The Telharmonic Orchestra was founded in 2020 by ten composers/musicians during the COVID lockdown in 2020 at Anton Bruckner University Linz.
Neltokoni in cuícatl
hexorcismos AKA Moisés Horta Valenzuela (MX)
Neltokoni in cuícatl (Talismans in Poetry) is a multichannel audio/visual poetry performance driven by a disembodied AI system consisting of three generative deep learning models trained on precolumbian sonic forms, poetry and imagery.
Running Off the Senses
Yishu Jiang (AT), Ali Nikrang (AT), Daniela Mülleder (AT)
This performance with Yishu Jiang (violoncello), Daniela Mülleder (violin) and Ali Nikrang (piano) focuses on AI-composed music, with human-composed music as counterpoint.
Camel Zekri (FR), Marc Chemillier (FR)
The challenge of Gnawa Machine is to integrate the computer in a particular cultural context, that of the Gnawa Brotherhood in North Africa, of which Camel Zekri is a member.
Wobbly (US), Jennifer Walshe (IE)
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Moon Machine Field Trip
Tobias Euler (DE), Thies Mynther (DE), Veit Sprenger (DE)
The Moon Machine is a mobile music island, a bricolage with pneumatic instruments and mechatronic sound machines, sun umbrella, signal horns and acoustic collision warning devices.
Corona Improv Sessions
Many International Artists (INT)
The Corona Improv Sessions began in the global lockdown. Every Sunday, performers came together telematically to produce collaborative music and visual works across distant locations.
Alex Braga (IT)
SPLEEN MACHINE documents years of Alex Braga’s research in the field of A.I., and the creation of a new musical instrument called A-MINT, which is the keystone to so-called “Augmented Music”.
Bias, for bass clarinet and Interactive Music System
Artemi-Maria Gioti (GR), Szilárd Benes (HU)
A neural network trained to simulate my own aesthetic judgments is responsible for the computer’s decisions during its interaction with the musician: i.e., whether it will “mirror” the sounds played by them, propose new sound material or simply remain silent.