The Future of Music: Computer or Composer 

Discover how A.I. and machine learning technologies are creating radical new possibilities for music making in the 21st century and beyond.

From classical to jazz to EDM, music has always been marked by innovation and experimentation. But in recent years, we've seen the advent of technologies that are changing the way musicians can express themselves and software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce and compose music.

Hosted by Tonya Mosley, KQED's Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, this evening of conversation and performance will show us what a musician can do with their voice and a single instrument, and we will also see what’s possible with computers, AI, and other new music technology. 

Amy X Neuberg, a classically trained composer who uses computer-based looping techniques, will perform and discuss her work, which balances between traditional composing and more heavily computer-involved techniques. The evening will continue with a conversation with Doug Eck, a research scientist exploring the role of machine learning in the process of creating art and music. Eck will give us a look at Google's latest project, Magenta, which is developing algorithms for generating songs, images, drawings, and other artistic materials. We will also be joined by Ge Wang, Professor of Music and Computer Science at Stanford and author of the forthcoming book, Artful Design. Wang—who designs computer-based instruments and directs the Stanford Laptop Orchestra—will discuss the ways in which new technologies can help people find new ways to express themselves. The evening will close with an opportunity to ask the panelists and musicians questions.

Join us as we look at how new technologies are influencing the future of musical expression and explore what it is that truly makes us love music.

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