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2016.09.07

'Artificial Intelligence ensemble system' enables Machine and Human musicians play together on stage

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, machine and human string musicians played together on stage in the Sogakudo Concert Hall at the Tokyo University of the Arts. This challenging experiment utilizing "Artificial Intelligence ensemble system" has ended successfully.



Performers of this concert were digitally reproduced Sviatoslav Richter with Yamaha's AI system and The Sharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The program was the fourth and fifth movements of Franz Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major (D667, "Trout"). The polished performance of the ensemble comprising the AI system and live musicians absolutely delighted both audience and Scharoun Ensemble members. And maybe our musical AI system was pleased, too.

To provide experience of playing music with any legend from anytime, understanding each other's musicality and performing perfectly in sync. This world's first challenge was a big one step toward seeking future instruments.

◼︎Press release
For more information on AI ensemble system and their concert and rehearsal, please see Yamaha Press Release.

◼︎Technical Papers
Akira Maezawa, Katsutoshi Itoyama, Kazuyoshi Yoshii, Hiroshi G. Okuno: Unified inter- and intra-recording duration model for multiple music audio alignment. Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA 2015).

◼︎News coverage (English)
The Japan Times "Japanese researchers take artificial intelligence toward the final frontier: creativity"

◼︎News coverage (Japanese)
日本経済新聞 電子版:
AIピアノと人間が合奏 巨匠の演奏、再現へ第一歩

The Mainichi Web:
時空を越えたリヒテルとの共演 科学と音楽のアンサンブル

ガジェット通信:
【先端テクノロジー】ヤマハの開発する人工知能演奏システムを用いたクラシックコンサート

IT media:
AIピアニストと人が"共演" ヤマハ「人工知能演奏システム」コンサート、5月開演

マイナビニュース:
ヤマハ、「人工知能演奏システム」による人間×機械の演奏会に技術協力

Internet.com:
「人工知能」、死せる巨匠の演奏を再現―ヤマハがベルリン・フィル奏者らと実験

BARKS:
ヤマハ、20世紀のピアノの巨匠リヒテルの演奏を「人工知能演奏システム」で再現

Rittor Music Magazine Web:
5月19日(木)ヤマハの人工知能演奏システムで再現した巨匠リヒテルのピアノ演奏と現代の演奏家と共演。「音舞の調べ~超越する時間と空間~」開催。

Stereo Sound ONLINE:
リヒテルの演奏を自動演奏で再現。ヤマハと東京芸術大学の協業で、5月19日に画期的な演奏会を開催

ものづくりニュース:
ヤマハ、「人工知能演奏システム」で技術協力。人間と機械のアンサンブル演奏会

Yamaha will continue on developing the AI ensemble system. Stay tuned!