Event: AIAS Conference „Music and Artificial Intelligence: Pasts and Futures, Opportunities and Risks“

Given escalating public concerns over the implications of Artificial Intelligence, this conference probes AI’s cultural implications through the enduring relationship between music and AI – evident in the influence of cybernetics on music, in Marvin Minsky’s work at MIT, and recently in the burgeoning field of Music Information Retrieval. Speakers will probe the risks and opportunities associated with music recommendation algorithms, automated genre mapping tools, emotion recognition systems, and machine learning-based creative tools. Issues are likely to include automating musical creativity, biases in recommendation algorithms, the long-term cultural effects of AI in music, and the desirability of transparency and accountability. If, as Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler put it, ‘the new gold rush in the context of AI is to enclose different fields of human knowing, feeling and action, in order to capture and privatize those fields’, then how is music inflected by these imperatives, what might be done to alter them, and what musical futures will result?

Confirmed invited speakers


Tuesday, 28 May 2019

09:15 – 09:45 Registration and welcome

09:45 – 11:15 Session 1: Histories |  Chair: Steen K. Nielsen

  • Eric Drott, ‘Music AI: Copyright, Compensation, Commons’
  • Christopher Haworth, Ways Of Not Knowing: Formal and Disciplinary Indeterminacy in the 1968 Cypernetic Serendipity Exhibition’
  • Respondent: Mads Krogh

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee

11:30 – 13:00 Session 2: Ethnographies |Chair: Georgina Born 

  • Jonathan Sterne, ‘Machine Listening and Aesthetics: The Case of AI-Assisted Mastering’
  • Nick Seaver, ‘Preferential Technics and the Cosmology of Overload’
  • Respondent: Anja Bechmann

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Session 3: Accountability, Transparency and Ethics | Chair: TBA

  • Fernando Diaz, ‘The Social, Legal and Algorithmic Study of Artificial Intelligence’
  • Respondent: Peter Dalsgaard

15:00 – 15:15Coffee

15:15 – 16:45 Session 4: Creative Interventions | Chair: TBA 

  • Rebecca Fiebrink, ‘Beyond Automated Creation: Making Machine Learning Useful, Accessible and Understandable to Creative Practitioners’ 
  • Aaron Einbond, ‘Algorithmic Composition Subverted’
  • Respondent: Morten Breinbjerg

16:45 – 17:15 Discussion and closing remarks | Chair: Georgina Born

19:00 – 22:00 Conference dinner (for invited speakers only)


Georgina Born, AIAS-COFUND Fellow & Professor at Oxford University, UK

Quelle, weitere Infos und Registrierung: http://aias.au.dk/events/aiasconference-musicandartificialintelligence/