"We’ve been warned about AI and Music for over 50 years, but no one’s prepared" (The Verge, 2019).
Is AI the future of music? Will AI replace musicians? To answer these questions, we will first briefly retrace the history of AI and music and, more generally, algorithmic composition. Then we will focus on ANGELIA, an art and AI research project for electronic music. ANGELIA is a combination of the word "angel" and the abbreviation IA, the French acronym for artificial intelligence. Coupled with an analog Eurorack modular synthesizer, it creates an augmented instrument, becoming more "organic" and "almost alive." This will enable us to point out how AI can potentially reshape how music is created and performed.
Jean-Claude Heudin is a scientist, writer and composer living in Paris. He obtained a PhD in 1988 from the University of Paris-XI (Orsay) based on a real-time multi-expert system associated with a dedicated RISC microprocessor for artificial intelligence (AI). This project received a First Prize of Research and Innovation. Until 1995, he was the co-founder of a start-up that specialized in AI and took part in several important applications for the industry.
He joined the Leonardo da Vinci University (Paris) in 1996 as a full professor and received the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) from the University of Paris-XI in the field of biomimetic architectures and algorithms.
He then participated in the creation of the Institute of Internet and Multimedia and directed its research laboratory. In 2012, he became the director of the school and increased its enrollment to more than 1,500 students. In 2017, he was also responsible for the digital research group of the university’s research center. Jean-Claude was also a European Union expert for future emerging technologies projects, a scientific advisor for several exhibitions at the Cité des Sciences (Paris), initiator of the Virtual Worlds International Conferences and a member of the editorial committee during the creation of the portal science.gouv.fr.
As a scientist, he is the author of numerous international articles and several books published by Odile Jacob and the science e-book he founded.
In 2015, he was the project director of the Living Mona Lisa art project presented in many exhibitions including Le Louvres (Paris). This work included an emotional neural network architecture he designed.
Since 2018, his research focuses on ANGELIA, an art and AI research project for electronic music.