Glenn Gould

AI Meets Glenn Gould

Can Artifical Intelligence be ever so good that it could replicate classical music performances, e.g. by Glenn Gould? Yamaha wanted to know that. With the full support of the Glenn Gould Foundation, the engineers at Yamaha analyzed over 100 hours of Gould’s performance recordings. But that alone wasn’t enough. They needed humans to play in the style of Glenn Gould because AI learns better from humans than from digital files.

On September 7, 2019, the idea of re-creating Glenn Gould took a further step. At the Ars Electronica Festival in Upper Austria, they programmed a concert, where the AI machine would interact with other musicians.

What do you think? Can AI recreate the musicianship of the classical music monuments? Will even be able to replace soloists, ensembles, and orchestras?


Yamaha Dear Glenn –

Dear Glenn at Ars Electronica –

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