Mark Gotham (Active Learning Initiative Postdoctoral Associate in Computational Music Theory Pedagogy) is part of a team recruited by Deutsche Telekom to create an artificial intelligence-driven realization of Ludwig van Beethoven's unfinished 10th symphony. The project focuses on one of the core questions of relevance to artificial intelligence, namely: Can algorithms be creative? Or, put another way, what distinguishes us as human beings from machines?
At the time of Beethoven's death, only a few notes and musical sketches of a 10th symphony were discovered – none of the composition pieces were complete. As the 250th celebration of Beethoven’s birth approaches, Deutsche Telekom and a group of international music and AI experts, along with researchers from the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, will attempt to compile all of the fragments in an effort to bring a representative version of the 10th Symphony to life.