Gotham to help create AI-driven realization of Beethoven's 10th

Wed, 01/08/2020

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.

Gotham serves as the computational musicologist on the team, working with the film composer Walter Werzowa, machine learning for generative art expert, Ahmed Elgammal, and others.

Additional project advisors include Christine Siegert, head of research at the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, and the pianist-musicologist Robert Levin.

Status updates on the project are available on the Deutsche Telekom website

Malte Boecker, Dir. of the Beethovenhaus, Prof. Robert Levin, Harvard, Timotheus Hoettges, CEO Deutsche Telekom, Dr. Mark Gotham, Cornell, Matthias Nofze, General-Anzeiger Bonn.