Speculating on the Future

AI x Music Festival: Bot Bop Musical creation and innovation with AI

Andrew Claes (BE) and Dago Sondervan (NL)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
Ars Electronica New World Channel

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.

Armed with an arsenal of specifically developed tools and apps, two musicians will train a virtual agent towards musical autonomy and real-time interaction, becoming a trio along the way.

Sondervan can draw from experience with a wide field of live coding environments. For this project he will use a new bleeding edge live coding environment called Sema, a part of the Goldsmiths College’s MIMIC project. This online system for live coding permits the use of machine learning technologies inside a browser, and designing your own live coding language.

Mastering both wind instruments and electronic percussion, Claes’s scope on interactions with electronics range from hybrid instruments to experimental sound design. Focused mainly on Belgium’s open source modular DSP hardware-platform Axoloti, Andrew can call upon his growing arsenal of tools to warrant fresh streams of bot-training material as well as specifically designed patches for this project.


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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Kasper Jordaens: AI-programming

Sema – Thor Magnusson, Francisco Bernardo, Chris Kiefer
Sonic Pi – Sam Aaron
TidalCycles – Alex McLean
Johannes Taelman – Axoloti
Steven Latré – IDLab UAntwerpen


Dago Sondervan started out as a Jazz-drummer in the 80’s, but soon got hooked on making electronic music with generative software on Atari computers in the 90’s. Next he got involved in the live coding scene.

Musician/producer/researcher Andrew Claes is best known as EWI-player in renowned Belgian band STUFF., his projects range from the obscure and abstract to straight up techno.