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AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist


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A robot on stage during the Mahler Unfinished Project at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria.

A researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria used open-source artificial intelligence software to mimic classical symphonies.

Credit: Alex Halada/AFP

Ali Nikrang, who works at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria, is using open-source artificial intelligence (AI) software to mimic classical symphonies.

Nikrang debuted the program at the recent Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, which aims to highlight connections between science, art, and technology.

During the festival, a traditional orchestra performed Gustav Mahler's unfinished Symphony No. 10, which was immediately followed by six minutes of "Mahleresque" music written by the MuseNet software.

The software used the first ten notes from Mahler's Symphony No. 10 and produced four suggested segments. Nikrang chose one of these segments and then the program provided four new segments until there was six minutes of original AI-produced music.

From Agence France-Presse
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