PRiSM Blog

Welcome to the PRiSM Blog

A place for reflective pieces by members of the PRiSM team, Associated Members and invited guest contributors. New posts will be announced on Twitter where we welcome your response, feedback and reaction.

Experiencing AI in Music

Experiencing AI in Music, by PRiSM Writer in Residence Abi Bliss.

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The Written Word in a Spatial Medium

An update from 2021 PRiSM Writer in Residence Leo Mercer.

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Local Refinement in Computational Science and Music

Local Refinement in Computational Science and Music by Patrick Sanan, PRiSM Scientist in Residence 2021

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Music Responding to Environmental Crises

Project update PRiSM Scientist in Residence 2021, Rose Pritchard.

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AI Text Scores

Launch of The Text Score Dataset 1.0 by Jennifer Walshe, Darmstadt 3 August 2021.

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PRiSM 8 Cubed 2020

PRiSM 8³ | 8 composers x 8 scientists x 8 performers

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Orchestral Geometries

Composer Emily Howard shares some thoughts about the creative process behind the series Orchestral Geometries.

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[U]nusual [m]etals

Professor of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool Mathias Brust and PRiSM Doctoral researcher and Composer Zakiya Leeming talk about their collaboration [U]nusual [m]etals.

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offset iii – what makes human human?

PRiSM Doctoral Researcher Bofan Ma talks about his collaboration with Professor Keeley Crockett, Professor in Computational Intelligence at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the resulting project offset iii.

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Escape! and the PRiSM Oscillator

Christopher Melen and Nina Whiteman write about their collaboration on the new PRiSM Oscillator app for Nina’s composition Escape!

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speak, sing…

José del Avellanal Carreño writes about his collaboration with BCMG clarinetist, Oliver Janes, ‘speak, sing…’ incorporating material created using the machine learning software PRiSM SampleRNN to manipulate improvisations provided by Oliver.

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music – play – maths

PRiSM Directors composer Emily Howard and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy lead students in a day of mathematical-musical exploration at the RNCM.

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People & Things by Jennifer Walshe

A text which navigates the blurry boundaries between humans and the objects they deem sentient.

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AI Creativity and the Challenge of Time

A new piece written especially for PRiSM Future Music 2# by PRiSM Co-Director Marcus du Sautoy.

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Composing in the Age of Zoom

Sam Salem introduces three new works commissioned for PRiSM Future Music #2 by RNCM Composition students Ellen Sargen, Fraz Ireland and Bofan Ma.

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Generating the Future

Join PRiSM’s Doctoral Researcher Robert Laidlow for a presentation exploring the creative uses of artificial intelligence, featuring quartet performances from members of the BBC Philharmonic and RNCM soloist Vanessa Guinadi.

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A Psychogeography of Latent Space

An artistic reflection on composition in the age of Machine Learning, by Dr Sam Salem.

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A Short History of Neural Synthesis

In this first instalment on AI and music, Dr Christopher Melen, PRiSM’s Research Software Engineer, introduces neural synthesis, an exciting technique that features in the artistic work of the PRiSM team.

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The Raft Breaks

It begins with a single exhalation and ends in the midst of an uncanny, slow, violent storm.

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David De Roure

Meet the PRiSM Technical Director David De Roure, exploring the intersection of maths, algorithms and music.

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Inventing the Lovelace Engine

The Composer and Inventor behind the Lovelace Engine take you from brainstorm to stage.

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Imagining the Analytical Engine – The Creative Process

Ada Lovelace – Imagining the Analytical Engine. BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor, interviews the featured composers about their compositional process and the augmented and new instruments used.

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