Loved reading the article and essay included. Reminds me of the concept of ‘Intuitive Music’ by Karlheinz Stockhausen. I find it hard to describe an Utopia in general, let alone in music, but it sure left me with some thoughts about it.
Generative music is an interesting concept, but I feel it comes with limitations as well. It implies a composition created ‘for’ me, limited by the technology used. For a computer, AI or any ‘composer’ to create a piece of music that ‘fits’ me, it requires knowing me, feeling me, understanding me. Sure enough we have advanced technology at our disposal, which we can feed ‘biased’ information, to create a piece of music for us. However, what defines us is in my opinion much broader than what any piece of technology can currently comprehend. I certainly agree for that matter with Wolinski’s conclusion about the implied limitations involved.
Another thought I had is the fact we all have our own personality, we all differ, or do we? What does that mean when it comes to Utopian music? Can a perfect composition only exist for a single individual? Can it only exist when specific requirements are met, a single moment? Dang, I am probably over-thinking this way too much, but with the notion of Utopia, I just can’t help but think about ‘musical enlightenment’, almost like searching for the meaning or understanding of life itself. Does music have to be perfect? What does Dystopia sound like?
Very interesting, many question and thoughts. Sure makes me think about the ‘sound of the future’. Especially with technological advancements being made in Computers, AI, Bionics, Cybernetics, and more…