The writer is a computer engineer and a classically trained pianist and guitarist. He has been regularly writing IT articles, reviewing music albums, and covering concerts for more than 30 years.
What does a computer that can perform 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (18 zeroes, or one quintillion) operations per second mean to the home or office user of digital technology, or even to the average IT professional for that matter?
The music industry produce and release about one million pop songs every year. And this is just through the major labels. Another million are also released by independent and smaller labels.
A few years ago, it used to be referred to as “digital illiteracy”. Now the expression has become a single word, a neologism, a portmanteau widely known to as illectronism — illiteracy in electronics, or the inability to deal with digital tools of all kinds. It is almost as crippling as pure language illiteracy. Other terms pertaining new expressions include digital fluency and digital divide.
There may be countless pop songwriters around, but there are very few composers of classical music nowadays, especially women. There are two good reasons for that: the understandable difference in the market size of the two genres, and the fact that writing classical is significantly more complex, more mind and time consuming than coming up with pop songs. It is another game altogether.
This is not my first article on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in this space, and given that it is a trending subject, it probably will not be the last.
Even when your favorites are Bach, Mozart, the Beatles, Adele, Simon and Garfunkel, the cool jazz of the 1960s-1970s of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and other similar traditional music, it is hard to resist exploring uncharted musical territory every now and then, however unusual it may sound at first listening. Especially that today’s streaming audio services with their high-definition sound option offer a convenient, tempting opportunity.
Thinking out of the box works well and may even do wonders when it comes to new technologies. This is particularly true in the IT field. Researching our genetic DNA structure is the latest venture by scientists to replace current computer disks.
Combining the talent of one of the greatest classical pianists alive with the music of one of the most prolific, admired, and influential composers of all times — celebrated Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) — and having the entire album recorded and produced by the prestigious Sony Classical records label can only result in real bliss, a sonic feast for the ears.
One of the most striking contributions of Artificial Intelligence to cutting-edge computer programming is architectural visualization. It can be seen and experienced in, among others, two new applications that are nothing short of mind-blowing, even if you you think you have seen it all.
Mirror Mirror is the latest album by Brazilian pianist extraordinaire Eliane Elias. It comes with two new elements: it is the first album where the musician, who is also a brilliant singer, only plays the piano and does not sing at all; it consists of instrumental duets performed with two other jazz giants, megastars in their own right, just like her: American Chick Corea and Cuban Chucho Valdés.