Can You Hear It?

Music and Artificial Intelligence

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26.5.23 – 31.10.23
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Artificial intelligence is increasingly shaping our lives. More and more it is advancing into many areas of society andis changing work and the environment. Its seemingly unlimited possibilities are both fascinating and challenging. But how do algorithms actually work? How are they used and what are their limitations? Al composes and analyses music, it sorts pieces according to their emotional content or genre, it arranges the sounds of instruments according to objective parameters. Prof. Rolf Bader and his team are conducting research on these topics. For the first time ever, they are presenting their results and projects in an exhibition – from streaming services to film music databases or the instrument making industry. Immerse yourself in the fascinating universe of artificial neural networks, discover the musical parameters where music differs, attend the cinema of emotions or make music with a virtual counterpart.

The exhibition is a cooperation of the MK&G with the Institute for Systematic Musicology at the University of Hamburg as well as Musicube, Elbsilber and Ohrfilm, and is kindly supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, the Körber Foundation and the Merck Finck Foundation.

Media partner: ByteFM




Ein digitales Piano mit einer bunten Farbmatrix darüber.

The interactive website of the exhibition presents the research results and playfully invites visitors to engage with the different thematic areas.

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Eine blaue Grafik mit einem Roboter und der Schrift: Künstliche Intelligenz und Musik

This podcast talks to six protagonists who are venturing into, exploring, and advancing the field of encounters between AI and music in a variety of ways. We learn what AI and music have to do with emotions, ethnology, or an international music competition, and listen to their very personal approaches and musical experiences with Artificial Intelligence.  With the podcast “Artificial Intelligence and Music” we extend the horizon of listeners with perspectives from science as well as industry-specific and practical applications of AI in music – brief, entertaining and comprehendible.  “Artificial Intelligence and Music” is a production of Körber-Stiftung in cooperation with the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg and the team of the exhibition “Can You Hear It? Music and Artificial Intelligence”.

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