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New musical instruments #7: THE COMPUTER GENERATED VIRTUOSO by Joel Sattler
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Last edited: Monday, January 23, 2012
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New musical instruments #7:
THE COMPUTER GENERATED VIRTUOSO
by Joel Sattler

 

Many great musicians were recorded in the first half of the 20th century with poor recording techniques. Their records display only a shadow of their true brilliance.

With computer technology, it should be possible to remaster their works, note-for-note, by not only enhancing what is there, but by embellishing each note with the full range of harmonics and attack.

This would be done by inference: the computer would select from billions of options in its databank to select the most perfect note and phrase for any particular moment.

Fritz Kreisler could be reincarnated as a young prodigy.

And, to take it a step further, you could program a sound avatar of Jascha Heifetz and have him play works that he never recorded.

And, to take it to the ultimate limit, you could create a perfect violinist out of bits and pieces of all the past greats.

 

And, there's no stopping you from creating an avatar composer who is a combination of Beethoven, Bach and Satie...

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 1/23/2012
Y'know, I'm not at all certain that is such a good idea. Reminds me of the Star Trek NG episode where Data is giving a violin recital, and he is asked how he did it...he said he listened to recordings of all the greatest violinists and incorported all their techniques so that he could obtain the opptimum results.
Part of the interest, genius (and fun, I suspect) of music is how a musician's interpretaiton informs the oeiginal composition. It's more interesting to listen to say, a Beethoven symphony as done by a number of differenrt orchestras and compare the differences. To me the diversity of interprettion makes the individual composition more interesting.

Chip Bergeron
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