Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki has reimagined a sixty-year-old electronic sequencer machine as a physical piece of music software that uses artificial intelligence to generate melodies.
Conceived by musician Raymond Scott in 1959, the Electronium, which is regarded as the world’s first electronic sequencer, was made up of three switchboards mounted on a wooden cabinet.
Although the machine was never completed, it was meant to allow users to perform and compose music simultaneously.
Using pre-programmed algorithms, it would turn a snippet of any given melody into a full composition while enabling users to add embellishments over the top.
Presented at the upcoming Barbican exhibition AI: More Than Human, Suzuki – who is a partner at Pentagram – wanted to recreate the landmark machine using musical AI software Google Magenta.
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