The Violin Channel: American Viola Society Creates a Database for Underrepresented Composers

The Violin Channel: American Viola Society Creates a Database for Underrepresented Composers. “The goal is to amplify the voices and music that have been overruled by white, Western Euro-centric, male narratives and compositions. Standard repertoire can be re-evaluated and examined through a more culturally inclusive and broad lens. The database information page offers plenty of information to consider when going into programming and performing a piece, or pieces, by a BIPOC composer.” Unfortunately this article doesn’t really get into what the database offers. Allow me to point you toward a September 2020 article in the Daily Wildcat with a more extensive background.

Google: Play a duet with a computer, through machine learning

Google: Play a duet with a computer, through machine learning. “To help show what’s possible with Magenta, we’ve created an interactive experiment called A.I. Duet, which lets you play a duet with the computer. Just play some notes, and the computer will respond to your melody. You don’t even have to know how to play piano—it’s fun to just press some keys and listen to what comes back.” I tried this and it was interesting, but sometimes the AI responded before I was done playing a phrase.

AI Creates Music By Analyzing Images

Chinese search engine Baidu has created a tool that makes composes music based on images. “In a new exhibit at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Baidu’s new AI is analysing photos and paintings and creating entirely original musical arrangements based on the imagery it sees.”

Commemorating Vanishing Languages As Music

I love this article from The New York Times: Vanishing Languages, Reincarnated as Music. “Time to call in the composers? A growing number of them are turning their attention to languages that are extinct, endangered or particular to tiny groups of speakers in far-flung places with the aim of weaving these enigmatic utterances into musical works that celebrate, memorialize or mourn the languages and the cultures that gave birth to them.” Sad, and language as music removes the context of thought, but at least they’re trying.

New Browser-Based Music Tool: LoopLabs

My friend Julie Anixter put up an article about a new music tool called LoopLabs. It looks like a lot of fun. “Designed for this new generation of creators, Looplabs’ intuitive interface automatically snaps more than 25,000 freely available royalty-free sounds into the same tempo and musical key, removing the complexities of musical theory and allowing anyone with internet access to easily create music for their YouTube, Instagram or Vine videos, drop in their next DJ set, remix artists, write songs and record vocals or simply have fun with their friends.”