Music Madness

Welcome to Music Madness, my new adventure into the use of Artificial Intelligence to compose music. This is a new field, and especially a new field of inquiry for me. Each musical escapade is accompanied by one of my digital images. They are shown chronologically, beginning with the earliest. Note: some of this material has been licensed under the Creative Commons License and may have been altered and remixed.

This first piece is called Jelly Beans

Next comes Dancing on a Rainbow

Let's follow up with Waltzing Worms, an alternative rock composition.

Here's Gurgling Brook. Don't forget the wine and picnic basket.

A bit of electronic frolic designed to make you feel like a Bird on A Kangaroo.

Here's a kick-ass trip through the cosmos with Flying Comets.

Listen in to some eerie voices at the Squirrel Powwow.

Feel the water tumbling around you in Waterfall Rumble.

Deep sounds and clear thoughts fill your heart in this AI Wild and Wooly serenade.

Start your day with Caravelle, a charming Sunday morning reverie.

This next piece is different in two ways. First, I chose notes at random, literally, and then let the machine do what it would. There is enough pattern and rhythm, however, to make me question whether randomness is possible. Secondly, after I listened to it, there emerged a strong feeling of apprehension. I tried re-engineering it six different ways, and none of them matched the integrity of the original. So here is ChaoChao, a bittersweet rumination on a sunny day, while storm clouds and the sounds of marching boots grow ever louder. A country that arms for war looks for ways to make war, a war that none of us will survive.

Let's take a cool tone now, with Galloping Turnips. Cook up a bowl of blues, add a teaspoon of jazz, top it off with a smattering of country.

This one is called Ecstasy, and even A.I. seems to understand it.

When worries lie heavy on your heart, listen to Ions Kissing Velvet, a meditative interlude that will let you taste infinity.

"Drumbeats and Candy Bars" brings a see-saw meditation, on the melody of being alive, tempered by the dark drumbeats of how we squander that gift.

"Frogs Wear Kilts" and hop around like crazy when they do!

For those of you who are interested in Artificial Intelligence, here is a fascinating article about its history. Note especially the conclusion on imperfection.

Here is another report, this one on AI and sculpture, called "How I Created the First Thinking Sculpture with IBM Watson". (Thanks to RM for this).

And one last minute link to Elon Musk's new company called Neuralink, which aims to connect human brains with computer artificial intelligence without the use of external technology.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2017

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