GEN 85 is the first experimental music generator on the Mubert platform. Created by students from the HSE Art and Design School and curator of the variative “Experimental Music and Work in Sound Editors” Evgeny Voronovsky. All GEN 85 materials are exclusive, available and free to use in author’s projects.
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Mubert x HSE Art and Design School
Recently, moderators of the Mubert generative music creation service have been receiving more requests for generative streams with abstract, atonal, minimalistic or collage music.
The idea to implement a stream with that kind of content on the Mubert platform was taken over by students of the Art and Design School under the guidance of their curator Evgeny Voronovsky.
As a part of the variative “Experimental music and work in sound editors”, students develop a partnership project with the Mubert neural network: each of them opens a personal account on Mubert and creates his or her own author’s generative stream of several layers of sound, each of which, by the nature of sound and the method of sound production, belongs to a genre of experimental music: drone, musique concrete, field recordings, electroacoustic, noise and ambient and others.
An individual AI audio generator collects the student’s original compositions of small fragments in non-stop mode and adapts its playback to the installation space. Each work is accompanied by the author’s animated cover and can be implemented as audio on any streaming platform (for example, SoundCloud or Bandcamp) and as a generative composition on Mubert.
GEN 85 is the final collective generator of experimental music, mixing and rendering a non-repeating experimental industrial-ambient soundscape from fragments of the works of all the students in the course. With its name, GEN 85 refers to the actor, musician, theorist and practitioner of industrial music Genesis P-Orridge and the number 85 in the name indicates the bpm of all elements of the generator.
Gen 85 is the first and the only experimental music generator in the world so far, its content doubles every two months.
sound producer, sound artist, composer, music consultant, lecturer at the HSE Art and Design School.
“Gen 85 is generative abstract electronics with free copyrights, which optimally suits an exhibition space, streams, performances, theater, computer games, interactive use at concerts of experimental music, sources of sampling and individual listening. GEN 85 elements also fall into the general Mubert neural network through requests for noise and atonal and collage electronics and are a part of individual generative renders and streams around the world. All GEN 85 materials are copyrighted and exclusive, created specifically for the generator and are available for free use. Gen 85 is the first and the only experimental music generator in the world so far, its content doubles every two months. Listen to GEN 85 and use it freely in your performances, promotions, installations, recordings and concerts!” – Evgeny Voronovsky.
“For me, music has always been a part of reflecting feelings and thinking. Before this course, I’ve experimented a lot with my voice, as it was the only musical instrument I owned. But in the classroom with Evgeny we learned how to create tools from what’s around us. A kind of grounding for the sake of self-expression, reaching a new level of awareness and mindfulness. Every routine detail can be turned into an ambient sound thanks to the educational process. An interesting addition was the opportunity to work with generative music. With the help of Mubert, according to my personal feelings, I’ve managed to feel that there is a wholeness of composition, since a single looped track is a unique, incredible experience”, says Irina Mayorova, student of the variative.
In October, Pavel Zgordan, the developer of the Mubert service, gave a lecture at the HSE Art and Design School. During the lecture, Pavel spoke about the philosophy of the Mubert platform as a dialogue between a person and a neural network, about new formats of listening and writing music in the context of generative audio streaming and analyzed in detail the interface and work-flow of the environment for uploading sounds to Mubert.On the author’s modular course by Evgeny Voronovsky students from different groups of the Art and Design School get acquainted with the history of sound-art and experimental music, master the interfaces of sound editors and software synthesizers, gain skills for working with audio in Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Grm-Player and other programs, as well as undergo an accelerated intensive of music theory and composition.
The article is the translation of an article originally written by HSE University.
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