ChatGPT-4 can you please write a piece of music for me

After researching some working options to generate music with AI I used ExtendMusic to “extend” an improvisation of Michael von Hintzenstern (pipe organ) and me (Cracklebox).

Next I asked the latest version of OpenAI’s ChatGPT to compose a piece of music for me. Let’s just say I was not overwhelmed this time either. Thanks to Narakeet for the easily usable and good sounding AI voices.

Here is the second draft

Thanks to Non-Eric I tried Udio next, and that platform finally did give me something usable. I present to you: Echoes in Code

Andrew @ blurred edges 2024

On Friday, June 07 The Crystalline Elements play at Maria Magdalenen. The concert with projections starts at 22:00 (10 PM) CET. If you are especially adventurous don’t miss out on the introduction to the electronics at 21:00 (9 PM) CET.

On Wednesday, June 12 I play with Björn Lücker at Westwerk, also at 22:00 (10 PM) CET.

Both concerts are part of blurred edges – Festival for contemporary music in Hamburg, May 31 – June 16, 2024 – – blurred edges 2024 is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung.

14. Kasseler Orgelfrühling – Concert IV

After my first encounter with Peer Schlechta in a sequence of his Ambient Stairs series (July 2023) I was back this May for a larger format concert in the large space of Kassels Auferstehungskirche.

The Friedrich-Euler-organ (1956), restored by Orgelbau Andreas Schmidt (2011) encountered my combination of Moog Claravox Theremin plus modular synthesizer (sonics primarily by 4ms Ensemble & Make Noise Spectraphon VCO).

I used my voice to create and manipulate the timbre while controlling pitch and spectral tilt through the Theremin. A Stereo Field generated glitchy and crackly components and centrally placed Haken Audio Continuum Fingerboard allowed for more polyphonic improvisation.

Watch the montage of the first 12 minutes of our concert here. More to come 🙂

Clip #1 from the beginning of the concert

May 04+05 – workshop & concert in Jena

About the workshop: “The organ has been one of the most technically complex musical instruments for centuries and has always inspired organ builders and musicians to create new technical and musical innovations. It offers exciting connections to a wide variety of electronic musical instruments that have emerged over the past 100 years of music history.

Together with sound engineer Andrew Levine, an expert in the field of electronic musical instruments, we embark on a sonic journey of discovery to new sounds and sound combinations that can pick us up in our present and touch us emotionally.”

No Theremin at the gig on 08 December 2023

The concert at the church St. Johannes Baptist will take place on Sunday, May 5th at 16:00 (4 PM) CET.

C❄︎E | Crystalline Elements live

On Saturday, 17 February 2024 the trio Crystalline Elements featuring Benedikt Hansjosten – Cello, Benedikt Simon – Korg SV-2 and Andrew Levine – Electronics got together for a spontaneous improvised session at Galerie Netzwerk in Trier.

Feel free to check out our eight videoclips and sonically optimized audio release.

C❄︎E will have it’s Hamburg premiere on Friday, June 07 as part of the blurred edges 2024.


Workshop: Electronic music for children and young people

Music has been around since time immemorial. People possibly first used their voices (and lips to whistle), then discovered rhythm, clapping, drumming, blowing in and bowing on objects.

The oldest musical instrument known to us today is a bone flute that was found in a cave in Ulm and is around 35,000 years old!

For many thousands of years, until the age of electricity in the early 1800s, all instruments were based on the principle that a “body of sound” is set in vibration; moving so fast that we hear one or more tones.

How does that work?

An object made of stone, wood, stretched skin (fur), metal, etc. is stimulated by tapping, a stretched string is plucked or bowed with a bow (strung with hair that feels rough), a column of air is made to resonate by blowing… So that you can hear something with your bare ears.

Let’s take a look at this! […]

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Workshop: Elektronische Musik für Kinder und Jugendliche

Musik gibt es seit Urzeiten. Möglicherweise haben Menschen zuerst ihre Stimmen (und Lippen zum Pfeifen) genutzt, dann den Rhytmus entdeckt, geklatscht, getrommelt, in Objekte gepustet und auf ihnen gestrichen.

Das uns heute älteste bekannte Musikinstrument ist eine Knochenflöte, die in einer Höhle in Ulm gefunden wurde und etwa 35.000 Jahre alt ist!

Viele Tausend Jahre lang, bis zum Zeitalter des elektrischen Stroms Anfang der 1800er Jahre, basierten alle Instrumente auf dem Prinzip, dass ein “Klangkörper” in Schwingung versetzt wird; sich so schnell bewegt, dass wir einen oder mehrere Töne hören.

Wie geht das?

Ein Objekt aus Stein, Holz, gespannter Haut (Fell), Metall usw. wird durch Klopfen angeregt, eine gespannte Saite wird gezupft oder mit einem Bogen (mit Haaren bespannt, die sich rauh anfühlen) gestrichen, eine Luftsäule durch Blasen zum Mitschwingen gebracht,… So, dass man mit blossen Ohren etwas hören kann.

Gucken wir uns das mal an! […]

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