The question of AI and machine creativity has been creeping into mainstream music industry thinking over the past few years, with the increasing use of AI to make music posing questions about copyright, originality and even playlist placing.
The Sónar festival, which is taking place in Barcelona this week, is one of the first big music events to put AI at its centre. Three artists who make music with AI - Holly Herndon, Actress and K Á R Y Y N - will be playing live at the festival, with Actress actually billed alongside his AI creation Young Paint.
The subject also came up at Sónar+D, the festival’s “creativity, technology and business” strand. On the opening day of the event a heavyweight academic panel made up of panelists from several Barcelona universities examined the question: “Are we sowing fear of Artificial Intelligence”.
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