An algorithm that makes music on the fly

Interview with Dr Kevin Curran, head of Ambient Intelligence, Ulster University

A computer science lecturer at Ulster University has invented a piece of software that composes music on the fly and is looking for someone to continue the work and eventually commercialise it. 

Dr Kevin Curran, who is also head of the Ambient Intelligence Group at Ulster and a senior member of the IEEE, has published more than 800 academic papers.

He says the paper about his algorithm which can create music dynamically is one if favourites.

The software was intended to fill any gaps in streaming media to mobile devices by actually generating a piece of music that actually fits in with the music.  Continue reading An algorithm that makes music on the fly

Robot musicians, artists and writers could be the superstars of tomorrow

An interesting possibility, nay probability… no, delete that… It’s an absolute certainty that robots will soon join the stage with the biggest stars in entertainment and the creative arts if the current trend of accelerated advancement in artificial intelligence continues. 

doctor steel
We googled Doctor Steel, but we’re not sure if his band of robots exists

That’s not really a surprise when you consider that a young Ray Kurzweil showed how a computer program could “write” music way back in the 1960s, and the tune wasn’t too bad either.

And radio stations have long been using computers to help them choose what music to play. That’s not to say today’s DJs have nothing to do, that’s just the way it is.

And recently, Lady Gaga performed on stage with the aid of a robot. There’s probably been a few other artists who have generously shared the stage with robots in recent times, but some of us haven’t really noticed because we still have the old Kraftwerk classics from the first electronic era on infinite loop in our minds (see video).  Continue reading Robot musicians, artists and writers could be the superstars of tomorrow