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Metamorphosis

Published onMay 24, 2021
Metamorphosis
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This work is realised by integrating multiple platforms and different programming languages, including MAX/MSP, TouchDesigner, Python and GLSL. The artificial intellectual performer is a pre-trained LSTM-based recurrent neural network, which could generate musical information based on specific rules and conditions (like rhythm density, temperature, primer melody and duration) in real-time.

To achieve real-time generate and interactive, The composer has developed a new system that can receive the human input as primer melody that can auto encode data and send it to the neural network. Then, receive the data from the neural network and auto decode to human-readable music information: music score. Therefore, during the performance, the human and AI performers can understand each other, which explore the topic of 'machine learning' vs 'human learning' as well.



PROGRAM NOTES

Metamorphosis is a real-time interactive audio-visual composition for one human performer and two artificial intellectual performers. Three performers will start by playing the same virtual ancient Chinese percussion instrument: Bianqing (磬). Then, by learning, imitating, having conflict and cooperating with each other, this instrument's shape and sound will evolve gradually and the performers themselves. From ancient to modern, concrete to abstract, the fusion of sound, image and live performance creates an immersive experience exploring the dramatic shift and co-evolution between human and AI.

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

Composer is the live electronics performer, will provide:

  1. Computer MacBook Pro (macOS 10.14.6) with Max/ MSP 8.1.8, TouchDesigner099, 2020.2811, Python 3.8.5

  2. Audio interface: MOTU UltraLite mk4 ( 8 outputs)

  3. USB-C Digital AV Multi-port Adapter. Nintendo switch’s joy-con

The organiser should provide the following equipment: 

  1. 8 speakers and 1 sub-bass speaker.

  2. Projector and Screen, or any other display system.

  3. Desk to put computer, audio interface.

  • Space

    1. Traditional concert stage


  • Spatial diagram


MEDIA

Metamorphosis
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