The multimedia artist and programmer Adi Gelbart intermingles jazz, library music, musique concrète, weird rock music and even weirder synthesizer sounds to humorously pursue essential questions: How can creativity be defined when man and machine are inextricably united? What if computers take over? For this purpose the human musician Gelbart works with a poetry writing machine called Alpha. Rather than trying to pass for human, Alpha is designed to do as poorly as possible on a Turing test. Together with the string quartet of the KNM, Gelbart will interpret Alpha’s poems in a concert for strings, speech synthesis and electronics. The soulful and multi-layered music is meant to build a bridge between the computerized artist and the human audience. The world premiere of this piece takes up Gelbart’s novel Egglike, which has a soundtrack with lyrics written by Alpha.
Poems by Alpha (2020)
Composition: Adi Gelbart, poems: Alpha
String quartet of the Kammerensemble Neue Musik:
Theodor Flindell, violin
Josa Gerhard, violin
Kristin Maria Pientka, viola
Cosima Gerhard, cello