Future Music #2 (15 June 20)
Featuring new PRiSM commissioned work from Jennifer Walshe & Marcus du Sautoy
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The composers and authors for each session answered questions on Twitter @RNCMPRiSM, using the hashtag #PRiSMFutureMusic. We will publish the Q&A (details here later). The Twitter @ for each of the artists who took part are included in the schedule below.
About Future Music
RNCM Future Music ran for the first time in 2019, examining developments in new music and technology – Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Live Coding and more besides – asking what possibilities lie ahead for the music creators of the future.
Since then, the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music (PRiSM) has been awarded £914,000 funding by Research England, enabling us to further our creative and collaborative work into this exciting, and fast-moving area.
In PRiSM Future Music #2, we focussed in on AI. We might all be working remotely from disparate geographic locations but this has made us examine how we can use technology to work creatively together in new ways.
We began with the release of PRiSM SampleRNN. Introduced by PRiSM Research Software Engineer Dr Christopher Melen last month in A Short History of Neural Synthesis, PRiSM Lecturer in Composition Dr Sam Salem wrote about his personal journey with SampleRNN and audio synthesis. PRiSM Doctoral Researcher, Robert Laidlow, focussed in on creative uses of artificial intelligence for generation with members of the BBC Philharmonic and RNCM soloist Vanessa Guinadi.
We are excited to present new pieces of music and writing, meditating on AI and Creativity, commissioned especially for PRiSM Future Music #2 from PRiSM Co-Director Marcus du Sautoy, composer/performer Jennifer Walshe and RNCM composition students Ellen Sargen, Fraz Ireland and Bofan Ma, who have been mentored by Jennifer.
Monday 15 June 2020
10:00 A Psychogeography of Latent Space
Future Music #2 marked the release of the PRiSM SampleRNN project, an exciting first step in our exploration of the use of Machine Learning for audio synthesis, with a new article by PRiSM Lecturer and composer Sam Salem. Sam monitored Twitter throughout the day to answer questions about his piece, and the release of PRiSM Sample RNN Sam @_SamSalem.
13:00 Generating the Future – Exploring Music and Poetry Created with Artificial Intelligence
This two-part exploration into the creative uses of artificial intelligence focussed on generation: generation of music, generation of text. Join PRiSM’s Doctoral Researcher Robert Laidlow for a presentation featuring quartet performances from members of the BBC Philharmonic and RNCM soloist Vanessa Guinadi. Live Twitter Q&A ran alongside this event with Robert Laidlow @Robert_Laidlow and Vanessa Guinadi @sopranovanessa.
17:00-18:00 Composing in the Age of Zoom
PRiSM Lecturer Sam Salem introduced three new works by RNCM Composition students Ellen Sargen, Fraz Ireland and Bofan Ma, mentored by Jennifer Walshe. Live Twitter Q&A ran alongside this event with Sam @_SamSalem and the composers @ellensargen @InfallibleFraz @bofantheone.
19:00 AI Creativity and The Challenge of Time
The mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, PRiSM Co-Director and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, explored AI machine learning as a collaborative partner in the creative arts. He read a new piece written especially for PRiSM Future Music #2. A live Twitter Q&A with @MarcusduSautoy ran alongside this event.
20:00 People & Things by Jennifer Walshe | PRiSM Commission World Premiere
A text which navigates the blurry boundaries between humans and the objects they deem sentient. Release of the text accompanied by a streamed reading of the piece. Live Twitter Q&A ran alongside this event with @JenniferWalshe.
Tuesday 16 June 2020
13.00 RNCM Radio Edition featuring PRiSM Future Music #2
Conversations with, and music by, RNCM PRiSM staff, students, guests and friends, all connected by PRiSM ideas, collaborations and projects.