Iamus: AI at the service of contemporary music composition. Conference by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez
Located in the Technological Park of Andalusia in Malaga, Iamus is a powerful computing cluster. It is the first system completely dedicated to the composition of contemporary classical music. The compositional approach of Iamus has a biological inspiration. Each work is encoded in a genome that experiences evo-devo dynamics (evolutionary biology) and genetic manipulations, such as mutation, genetic recombination, etc. Iamus not only composes the music, but also provides a score completely written in standard musical notation, ready to be performed. All this is done without human intervention.
Where: Fundación Telefónica. C/Fuencarral, 3. Madrid
Free entrance with registration.
Metaludios for piano (Books I-III): New CD by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez
The role of the performer-composer has had an enormous importance in piano literature. It is unnecessary to enumerate the quantity and quality of works emanating from this symbiosis throughout history. As a performer, addressing the repertoire with which I feel close is always a need and a source of satisfaction. As a composer, each blank page reveals a new space in which to experiment and express myself artistically. Giving birth to new piano repertoire is a huge challenge, given the immense body of great works behind me. Despite this, I firmly believe that there is still a lot of territory to discover.
The Metaludios are relatively short works grouped in books of six pieces. In this CD I present the first three, totaling eighteen pieces. This project started in 2013 but does not end here; the fourth book is almost finished and a fifth is on its way.
The word Metaludio is derived from the prefix meta-, “beyond” and the suffix -ludio, from the Latin ludēre, “to play”, “to exercise”. When coining this word, I tried to encompass these pieces beyond the usual preludes, interludes, etc.
As usual in my compositional language, I combine scientific and mathematical elements with musical trends towards which I feel special affinity. The former includes the use of fractals, number theory, cellular automata, analysis of the harmonic spectrum, psychoacoustics, etc. The latter concerns elements of the spectralist movement, electroacoustic, and inside-the-piano techniques. These procedures provide me with musical raw material with which I model the work, but always from the perspective of the performer.
More info: www.metaludios.com
Piano recital by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez at the ADDA
On Tuesday, January 17, 2016. Piano recital by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez with works by Beethoven, Ligeti, and two world premieres of his own works. The concert took place at the ADDA (Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante). The new works are "Succubus" and "Tribute to Antonio Soler", part of the Metaludios for piano, which employ algorithmic procedures. Below you can see videos of the premieres as well as two talks where Gustavo explains the pieces to the students of the Conservatory of Alicante (in Spanish).
Workshop of Computer-Aided Musical Composition, November 2016, Tenerife
Organized by Algorithmic Music Lab and the Real Academia Canaria de Bellas Artes "San Miguel Arcángel", took place at the headquarters of the Academy between November 11 and 12, including workshops, lectures and a closing concert. A selection of images of the course, videos of several of the presentations and the informative triptych are shown below.
I Encounter of Algorithmic Composition of Madrid, October 2013
Organized by Algorithmic Music Lab in collaboration with the Arturo Soria Conservatory in Madrid. It was held on October 18 and 19. It had the generous support of the Polytechnic University of Madrid and included lectures, a round table and a closing concert.