CASE STUDIES published on 18 Apr 2024

Amadeus ex machina? RTVE's double blind trial of AI-composed classical music

Why does one piece music reduce us to tears, while another induces downright revulsion?

Science has no satisfactory answer to this question but, unquestionably, when we evaluate a piece of literature, art, drama, dance, or music, it’s our feelings that cast the deciding vote.

Last year, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE sought to shed light on musical preference by having a symphony orchestra perform AI-generated music to an unwitting audience.

Can machine-written music speak to the human soul? And how else might AI be utilized to enhance RTVE’s audience experience?

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