The Computer is Listening

With Amélie Anglade, Gil Weinberg and Jason Hockman. Moderated by Dennis DeSantis.

Right now, all over the world, computers are "listening" to music. Online music shops are algorithmically classifying and categorizing songs, club-goers are SHAZAMing tracks, and musicians are performing alongside artificial agents.

In this discussion we will speak with technologists, artists, and researchers working in the fields of machine listening and music cognition to investigate how the world is changing as machines become consumers and critics of music.

Among other things, we’ll be asking how comfortable we should be with the idea of machines identifying, classifying, and categorizing our artistic creations. Can a machine that listens become a machine that collaborates? And how does an understanding of human musical perception influence design of listening machines and algorithms?