MATRIXSYNTH: Yuri Suzuki gives Raymond Scott's Electronium electronic sequencer an AI makeover

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Yuri Suzuki gives Raymond Scott's Electronium electronic sequencer an AI makeover


Uploaded on May 8, 2019 Dezeen

Note Yuri Suzuki brought us the Global Synthesiser Project. You can find additional posts featuring Yuri here. See the Electronium label for demos of the original and more (including an unexpected user, none other than, Michael Jackson).

"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.

Read more on http://www.dezeen.com/?p=1355258"

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