AI DJ PROJECT – A DIALOGUE BETWEEN AI AND A HUMAN: Nao Tokui (JP), Shoya Dozono (JP)

OPENING PERFORMANCE

AI DJ Project – A Dialogue between AI and a Human is a live performance featuring an Artificial Intelligence (AI) DJ playing alongside a human DJ. Utilizing deep neural network technology, the AI system selects and mixes songs and performs other musical tasks. Playing back to back, each DJ selects one track at a time, embodying a dialogue between the human and AI through music.

In Back to Back the AI system and a human DJ perform under similar conditions as much as possible. For example, the AI daringly uses physical vinyl records and turntables. The system listens to the tracks played by the human DJ, detects the tempo, judges the genre, and processes the information on the spot. Following this process, the AI chooses the next record to be played; only requiring human assistance to set the new record on the turntable.

Occasionally the AI performs in unexpected ways as the AI system has a mind of its own; a fast tempo techno might be followed by a free jazz track. The system has affinities and rhythm unknown to the audience which brings an amusing tension into the performance.

Artificial Intelligence should not be considered an imitation or emulation of humans, for it possesses logics different to human. The project serves as a critical investigation into the unique relationship between humans and machines. In the performance AI is a partner that is able to think and play alongside its human counterpart.

Photo credit: Rakutaro Ogiwara

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