Gerhard Widmer occupies a peculiar place within computer science research. His focus of study is computational perception, a relatively unknown subfield located at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and machine learning.
Widmer offers a manifesto for Music Information Research (MIR), a vast new field that encompasses everything from music recommender systems to automated music recognition and transcription systems to original algorithmically-generated music.
Several months ago, Olaf Diegel, a professor from Sweden’s University of Lund, debuted his incredible 3D-printed aluminum guitar. The guitar—a truly beautiful instrument that was decked out in barbed wire and roses—was the world’s first 3D printed aluminum ax.
The guitar, better known as the Heavy Metal, grew out of Diegel’s desire to test metal 3D printing.
Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind presented a deep neural network that generates amazingly human-like speech. Called WaveNet, this AI makes a significant advancement over existing speech synthesizers. What’s more, it can write pretty good classical music.