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Artificial Intelligence helps complete Beethoven Symphony

Almost two centuries after his death, Beethoven’s 10th symphony has now been completed – with extra help from Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The world premiere was presented last Saturday (9 October) in Bonn, Germany, the birth city of the legendary composer. It took two years for an international team of experts to complete the work.

Before his death, Ludwig van Beethoven had started writing the 10th symphony. But only a few notes and musical sketches were left.

In 2019, almost 250 years after his death, a team of international music and Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts were put together to complete Beethoven’s unfinished symphony.

The idea was to use AI to analyse and learn from all of the data of Beethoven’s artistic legacy given by the team and see what it could come up with.

Austrian composer Walter Werzowa, who lives in Vienna, where the composer spent most of his life, participated in the translation of Beethoven’s work.

For Werzowa, it was quite exciting to discover every morning variations of Beethoven’s work and themes to choose from, that his US colleagues from the Rutgers university were sending overnight.

And how did that master computer look like? The answer turned out to be quite disappointing.

Some critics say the AI was never lovesick, never drunk or neither threw an ice bucket over its head – things that Beethoven did.

But for Werzowa, this doesn’t change the music itself – the notes – which are being fed into the AI.

The emotions certainly influenced Beethoven in how to write his masterpieces, but it is its output, the scores that are being analysed by the machine.

Of course, the machine didn’t achieve the result presented in Bonn on Saturday, on its own.

Humans Werzowa and the team of musicologists and AI experts chose the themes that came out and arranged them.

It took them a while and with the COVID-19 pandemic kicking in, they missed the 250th birthday deadline.

But this extra time was used to refine the work and make this now-completed symphony an even better work of art.

The idea was to use AI to analyse and learn from all of the data of Beethoven’s artistic legacy given by the team and see what it could come up with.

Source: https://newsnationusa.com/news/world/europe/artificial-intelligence-helps-complete-beethoven-symphony/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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