Bad news for violinists' career prospects, or what?
Interesting. I am not a supporter of AI music composition. Unfortunately we will probably see more of it.
I'm not sure it has much to do with AI. I can see how the sound of a single violin might be manipulated and amplified to suggest a whole section, but what are all those instruments standing or hanging around in the room supposed to do? How can an unplayed violin produce anything more than a weak sympathetic vibration?
It looked to me as if the program makes a decision from one violin or other instrument input, then splits that out into individual parts. Not sure exactly how that decision is made in the software. I see it as maybe using some computer input for the decision making process.
This doesn't put large orchestras out of business. I think in the end it will create more opportunity than it displaces. Computers were predicted to ruin chess ... nope.
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Hi Timothy - yes, they seem to be struggling to find a market niche. I also can't help thinking there's a little smoke 'n mirrors involved. What on earth must a loudspeaker with a trombone for a radiator sound like? If used to play real or midi trombone sounds, they must get terribly tromboney. And those cellos standing around like the terracotta army that'll probably resonate more to the trombones than the cello sounds? The conductor ("symphonist") has a pretty smooth sales pitch but his "TED-like" talk doesn't inspire much confidence.
They used this in Toronto a couple of years ago for the orchestra in Les Mis - I know because my teacher at the time was 'the second violin section'. I went to the show (before I knew he was doing this) and you could not tell.
Following up on Elise's comment -- it's more musicians employed compared to the recording too. Wages vs. royalties.
@Elise Stanley, Interesting to get a first hand experience.
"Following up on Elise's comment -- it's more musicians employed compared to the recording too."
I think Paul's point was that if the orchestra's contribution is pre-recorded the nightly musician count drops to zero (apart from the conductor and I guess the singers if you stretch the definition a bit). Maybe your teacher could let us know whether the pit in Toronto was populated with playerless violins and cellos like we see on Symphonova's youtube clips? But your point about the Symphonova orchestra being able to follow the singers rather than vice versa is well taken
Nothing to do with faking, but in a tango quintet I had considered feeding the rich vibrations of an Zeta violin (where there was a stereo pickup under each string, on top of the bridge) into a small cello body...