Unhuman Music (Unmenschliche Musik)

Compositions by machines, by animals and by accident
2013, Feb 21, Thu — 2013, Feb 24, Sun

Unmenschliche Musik | Kolja Kugler, Sir Elton Junk and Afreakin Bass player | Photo: Jakob Hoff

Unmenschliche Musik | Kolja Kugler, Sir Elton Junk and Afreakin Bass player | Photo: Jakob Hoff

Unmenschliche Musik | Scene from the opera

Unmenschliche Musik | Scene from the opera "u" | Photo: Jakob Hoff

For some time now, the Western musical canon has been expanded by an interest in non-European music. But it is now time to go a step further: in the age of humanity, with “Unmenschliche Musik” (Inhuman Music) HKW will take a look at compositions by machines, animals, and chance.

Can only people make music? Do not birds and whales also sing? What remains of the most holy and intimate art form when software can create compositions that cannot be distinguished from the works of the great masters? Inhuman Music allows for innovative approaches to current issues, for example creativity and intellectual property, artificial intelligence and aleatorics, the chance technique in art, brutism as the art of noise, and other forms of the European avant-garde.

With Nicholas Bussmann, David Cope, Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra, Ebba Durstewitz, Tamer Fahri, Alexander Hacke, Lillevan and Artyom Kim, Andrew Pekler, David Rothenberg, Nobukazu Takemura and others.

Curated by Detlef Diederichsen, and Holger Schulze (Sound-Studies-Professor, Humboldt Universität Berlin )

In the framework of:
null