We’re faced with constant reminders in the media that robots are coming to take our jobs, but the likes of Steve Reich, John Williams and Wayne Shorter might have thought their positions were safe at least. No longer! Now the rise of the machines challenges one of the most creative disciplines – the composition of music.
Join researchers backed by the European Commission to hear how computers can learn to compose music, as well as the results of their efforts. This is the first concert ever in which all of the music played has been written by a computer, more importantly, a computer which has learned by itself to compose.
We will go on a journey starting with the Renaissance and then moving through Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, ending with 20th Century modernism, and modern folk and pop — all compositions written by computers that have learned to create.
After the concert, the Mark d’Inverno quintet will lead us on a more informal exploration of jazz, including classics and new works composed by humans and computers.
The concert is a result of machine learning research, funded by the European Commission, in the project Learning To Create (Lrn2Cre8), FET project number 610859 and ERC Advanced Grant 291156, Flow Machines.
More about Flow Machines: http://www.flow-machines.com/overview/