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Elite Chinese Music School Offers Ph.D.s in Music + AI


 violinist Isabelle Li Lao

Violin performance by Isabelle Li Lao at An Evening of Classical Music and AI.

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China's elite Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) is recruiting Ph.D. students for a new Music AI and Information Technology program. CCOM says prospective students should have a background in Computer Science, AI, or Information Technology; along with musical abilities (instrument playing or singing).

The nexus of Music + AI continues to capture the imagination of computer scientists. Google Magenta and PAIR celebrated Johann Sebastian Bach's 334th birthday with an interactive AI-powered Doodle on March 21. Bach was also celebrated in the seminal CS book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, published in 1979. Forty years later the question remains: can a computer create beauty?

Stanford University offers both Ph.D. and Master's programs in computer-based music theory and acoustics, and a Master's program in Music, Science, and Technology. Carnegie Mellon University offers both Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Music and Technology and has a Computer Music Project focusing on music theory, Cognitive Science, AI and Machine Learning. Simon Fraser University in Canada has its Metacreation Lab, where researchers explore AI in creative tasks such as music composition, sound design, and audio effect generation. The Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics has a cutting-edge Speech and Audio Processing Laboratory. The Vienna University of Technology conducts research on music information retrieval with machine learning.

CCOM showcased Music + AI at a November 2018 event where professional musicians performed solos on flute, violin, cello, bassoon, trumpet, clarinet, viola, saxophone, oboe, horn, trombone, and erhu—with live "orchestral" accompaniment provided by AI-powered software.

The software is the result of a collaboration between CCOM and the Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. The two institutions jointly founded the Informatics Philharmonic Orchestra Laboratory in May 2018.

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