The International Conference on AI and Musical Creativity: Keynote: Performer-centered AI and Creativity

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


"When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance he is in a technical sense transmitting more information to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows" ~ Robert Moog

Performance is the primary medium through which music is communicated, whether through physical acoustic or electronic instruments. It is the conduit for the flow of artistic and intellectual ideas, and for the shaping of emotional experiences. But capturing the formidable creativity underlying compelling performances presents many challenges, not the least being the fleeting nature of performance and the lack of a written tradition allowing it to be represented and held still for close study. Over a series of vignettes, I shall present a biographical narrative of my search for ways to capture and represent the ineffable know-how of performance from the vantage point of a pianist. The journey spans a range of efforts to name and make models of the things performers do, such as the choreography of tension based on harmony and time, stretching the limits of notational technology to represent performed timings (also applied to arrhythmic sequences), and tapping into the volunteer thinking of citizen scientists to detect the structures performers create and to design or compose a performance. Most recently, the research turns to healthcare, where performed structures are a means to modulate cardiovascular autonomic response.
Period1 Sept 2023
Held atUniversity of Sussex, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Artificial Inteligence
  • creativity
  • music science
  • music interaction