Artificial Piano Intelligence on stage – Unveiling at Austria’s ARS ELECTRONICA
Bosendorfer parent company, Yamaha Corporation, Hamamatsu, Japan, has released footage of the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) piano system, in the company’s latest foray into the world of live music AI.
At the festival, the system performed solo and a duet with pianist Francesco Tristano, accompanied by a trio of Bruckner Orchestra Linz members.
The system consists of a player piano and the AI software, which applies deep-learning technology to play any piece in Gould’s style with the aid of sheet music data.
It also includes Yamaha’s original AI Music Ensemble technology, enabling the system to analyse the performances of human pianists and play alongside them.
“TO BRING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INTO CONNECTION WITH MUSIC SHOULD BE THE BEGINNING OF A DISCUSSION THAT SEARCHES TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE OUR VIRTUOSO ACTIONS”
“To bring artificial intelligence into connection with music should not end in a competition, but should be the beginning of a discussion that searches to improve us and to expand and improve our virtuoso actions,” comments Martin Honzik, senior director of Ars Electronica Festival, Prix and Exhibitions divisions.
Brian M Levine, executive director of the Glenn Gould Foundation, recommends the project be “taken into the music mainstream” due to the “keen interest”, “great deal of attention” and “spirited debate” it will generate.