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June 14, 2016 02:12 PM

Yamaha Disklavier Piano Player System with Artificial Intelligence

Dance of Sound 〜 Transcending Time and Space


  Yamaha and the Center of Innovation at Tokyo University of the Arts collaborated to hold an unique and highly motivated concert at the university’s music hall on May 19, 2016. The Center of Innovation (COI) was started with the support of the Japan Science and Technology Agency of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the noble purpose of contributing to cultural education and cultural diplomacy in Japan and overseas through the merging of art, which creates an emotional response, with scientific technology. This innovative synesthesia, in turn, will be used to develop the cultural contents that will form the infrastructure of the next generation.

The event consisted of three different concerts. After the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra played, the second stage was a collaboration of the Scharoun Ensemble and the Yamaha Disklavier, whose automatic performance function was used to faithfully reproduce a performance from an old recording of Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter, after it had been meticulously analyzed and digitally duplicated. The third stage was a fashion show by fashion designer Junkon Koshino, accompanied by the Scharoun Ensemble and traditional Japanese music.

The best attraction of this event was the recreation of Richter’s live recording of “Die Forelle” by Schubert, which was faithfully digitally programmed using Yamaha’s technology, making it sound just like Richter was playing in front of the audience.

People perform with other people as a matter off course, but performing with computer or machine completely different matter. This time, in an almost completely natural-sounding performance, we were able to see an example of this synesthesia innovation involving art and scientific technology.

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