Session One: Algorithmic music

Saturday 25 May
11:20 – 13:00

Te Kura Hoahoa – School of Design Innovation, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro

Where are our ears of most value? And who is in charge of the music?

The Algorithmic Music session explores the impact of the algorithmically “tailored for you” music stream has had on music and how this has created a landscape in which AI music can integrate seamlessly. Dr Fabio Morreale sets the scene with a critical discussion of how algorithmically generated streams have created the socio-political-economic conditions for the potential replacement of human musicians with non-human surrogates. Jack Gittings of Mouthfull Radio then brings together a panel of music industry professionals to discuss resilience, history, oppression and futures for radio, DJ performers, musicians, and communities, and why it’s important we have this discussion. 


Paper: Cultural Conditions for the Uptake of Music Generated with AI

Dr Fabio Morreale 

Dr Fabio Morreale is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Auckland. His research investigates the ethical and political issues of AI and other disruptive technologies in the arts. He is also an active composer, specialising in algorithmic music, experimental electronic music and audiovisual live coding.


Panel: Selecting Music: Understanding Economies of Human Touch

Convener Jack Gittings 

Jack Gittings is an artist, facilitator, and producer from Te Awanga, New Zealand. His work spans performance, independent online radio, and community arts and elicits notions of play, collectivity, and archiving. 

Panellists: 

Maggie Tweedie, Martyn Pepperell, Sonya Ishimnikova, and George Johnson