Can we create music with Artificial Intelligence?

Is Music the Most Interesting Problem for Artificial Intelligence?

8 May 2018

Byens Lys

François Pachet

François Pachet is a French scientist, composer and director of the Spotify Creator Technology Research Lab. Before joining Spotify he led Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. He is one of the pioneers of computer music closely linked to artificial intelligence, especially in the field of machine improvisation and style modelling. He has been elected ECCAI Fellow in 2014. He has been Principal Investigator of the Flow Machines ERC Advanced grant, and has launched the first multi-artist mainstream music album composed with AI. His current goal in Spotify is to build a new generation of tools to assist music creation. Homepage

Emil de Waal+

With his projects Emil de Waal + and Kalaha, Emil de Waal has now published twelve albums with a host of Danish and international guest performances and collaborating at home and abroad. In 2013 he was awarded a Danish Music Award for the Year's Danish Jazz release, and in 2017, Emil de Waal received the composer association DJBFA's honors award and a Danish Music Award for the Year's Jazz Release with his band Kalaha.Homepage

Why is music such a complicated issue for Artificial Intelligence (AI)? What can AI do in music generation, what musical problems were solved with recent AI? How did we make Hello World, the first album composed with AI? How AI can influence music made by artists? What are open problems in music for AI?

AI has been applied to virtually all domains of human activities in the recent years. Entertainment and music are no exception. However, music is a very special type of activity as it involves many facets of human cognition, including social aspects, which are still poorly understood.

Yet, François Pachet and his team have launched this year the first album of mainstream music composed with AI (Hello World) with success. François Pachet will describe the problems at stake, the solutions found, and how AI was used productively as a smart companion of various artists. François Pachet will also show why music fundamentally remains an elusive activity, and how the remarkable results achieved recently in AI enable us to address fascinating questions about our relation to art.

Afterwards, cocktails not made with AI while Emil de Waal + takes the stage. This special evening of Science & Cocktails offers a surprise duo specially curated for the event.

Entrance to the event is free. Event held in English. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:00. CASH ONLY.

This event is organized with the generous support of KPMG Denmark.