Artificial Music

Publication series Das Neue Alphabet (The New Alphabet), Volume 13
Editors: Detlef Diederichsen, Arno Raffeiner
Publisher: Spector Books, Leipzig, 2022
75 pages, German and English edition
color illustrations, paperback with folded dust cover
ISBN DE: 978-3-95905-423-9
ISBN EN: 978-3-95905-524-6
Price: 10 €

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Can processors now make better music than human producers? How do algorithms alter a sense of authorship? Be it in the home studio, on streaming platforms or in the corporate business plans of global companies, artificial intelligence is defining the sound of the future. The essays in Artificial Music focus on the key developments, extending beyond practical digital little helpers. They examine the balance between humans and machine learning and the process that enables non-human creativity to become a resonance chamber for new synergies. What sound might be produced in the dialogue between man and machine? With contributions by Laura Aha, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Zola Jesus, George E. Lewis, and Tiara Roxanne, as well as texts and images generated by the AI software programs Poetizer and VQGAN+CLIP.

Table of contents:

Detlef Diederichsen, Arno Raffeiner

“Just some pattern dude”
Detlef Diederichsen

Staring Emmy Straight in the Eye—And Doing My Best Not to Flinch
Douglas R. Hofstadter

The Sound Dreams Are Made Of: Artifcial Intelligence and Music Production
Laura Aha

Feel My Way

The Technological Haunt in Artifcial Intelligence: a lexicon (in notes)
Tiara Roxanne

Early and Late Reflections on “Why We Want Our Computers to Improvise”
George E. Lewis

Zola Jesus