Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Research Group (AIAARG)

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What If AI Composed for Mr. S?

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  • [Summary]
    • Mr. S and Mr. N are real characters. Mr. S had asked Mr. N to compose music based on his “instruction sheets,” and Mr. N had long served as his ghostwriter. Meanwhile, Mr. S had proclaimed that he is completely deaf so that he composes musical pieces note by note from his innermost core. The resulting “Symphony No. 1” attracted a far greater number of majority who admired the piece, with some even moved to tears, than a very selective minority who expressed strong hatred, but the success was later turned over into a scandal as Mr. N revealed his engagement as the ghostwriter.
      We AIAARG do not see this case just in the framework of a lawsuit.
      Rather, we see it as a testcase that poses questions like “What if Mr. S employed AI, instead of a human specialist, to compose for him? Then how would it matter? Or go through it like you do?”

      Related to the participation in“Bubbles/Debris: Art of the Heisei Period 1989-2019” curated and supervised by Noi Sawaragi held at Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
  • [Basic Information]
    • Book Title | S/N: What If AI Composed for Mr. S?
      Editor/Author/Publisher | Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Research Group
      In Collaboration with Goethe-Institut Osaka Kyoto
      Date of Issue | January 23, 2021 (available from the mid-March)
      Bilingual (English/Japanese) / BOOK + Used CD (out of print) / 4.9 x 5.6 inches / 448 pages / with a luxury case
      ISBN | ISBN978-4-9902903-8-2
      Antique dealer license | No. 303332007000
  • [Contributors]
      Takashi Yoshimatsu, Morihide Katayama, Keiichiro Shibuya, Seiji Choki, Shigeaki Saegusa, Yuji Numano, Gen Igarashi, Atsufumi Suzuki, Hirokazu Hiraishi, Toshio Nakagawa, Kiyoshi Furukawa, Hidefumi Ohmura, Takéshi, Tsuchiya, Motoharu Kawashima, Tomomi Adachi, Nao Tokui, Akira Tatehata, Yasuyuki Nakai, Hajime Nariai, Morihiro Satow, Yuki Harada, Yutaka Tsukada, Kazuo Amano, Hiroki Tsutsui, Masami Fujii, Mika Kusakari, Hideki Nakazawa, Tamaki Saito, Tasuku Mizuno, Ryota Akasaka, Tatsuya Mori, Noi Sawaragi, Enzio Wetzel.