8 October 2021
Artistic Research Journeys
Agency and Distributed Creativity in Interactive Compositions
- Interactive compositions
- Interactive music systems
- Music AI
This research explores the aesthetic and composition-technical implications of interactive compositions, i.e., musical works that involve mutual real-time adaptation between musicians and interactive computer music systems. The latter are conceived as artificial “cognizers” capable of collecting and processing auditory information and acting both in response to human actions and independently of them, as a result of autonomous generative processes. The musical works composed as part of this research are rooted in a distributed notion of creativity that encompasses both human (composer and performers) and non-human actors (computer music system) and is manifested in the high degree of interpretative freedom and machine autonomy involved in them.
The premise of this compositional approach lies in a notion of work identity that encompasses, rather than excludes, diverse musical outcomes. As a result, the relationship between musical authorship and interpretative freedom lies at the center of this research. This relationship was explored using a series of experimentation methods based on guided improvisation tasks and conducted with the help of the musicians, and ethnographically informed data collection methods, such as observation, questionnaires and interviews with the musicians.
Artemi-Maria Gioti is a composer and artistic researcher working in the fields of artificial intelligence, musical robotics and participatory sound art. Her compositions include works for acoustic instruments and interactive electronics, musical robotics and participatory performances and have been performed in Greece, Austria, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Canada, The Netherlands and in the USA.
Her research explores the transformative potential of new technologies for musical thinking and seeks to redefine notions of authorship, performership and the construct of the musical work, by shifting the focus of the compositional process from the sonic to the sociosonic domain. Interactivity is a central focus of her work, which views the musical work as the product of collaborative and distributed human-human and human-computer co-creativity.
She studied Composition, Electroacoustic Composition and Computer Music at the University of Macedonia (Greece), the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna and the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree and working as a researcher.
- Agostino Di Scipio (Conservatorio de l'Aquila)
- Simon Emmerson (De Montfort University)