W&K Forum Symposium 2024: Harmony & Dissonance: Generative AI in Music and the Arts


The symposium delves into the dynamic relationship between generative AI and the world of music within the broader spectrum of the arts. This interdisciplinary gathering will focus on the opportunities that generative AI presents to artists, while also addressing the inherent fears and challenges that accompany this technological innovation. Our symposium will explore the diverse ways in which artists harness the power of AI to push the boundaries of musical creation, including the artistic collaboration with AI for musical expression or improving efficiency of specific tasks. This exploration will not shy away from acknowledging the concerns and uncertainties that loom over the artistic community and the music and arts sectors. Questions of authorship, the automation of jobs, and potential loss of human touch are among the challenges that demand thoughtful reflection. In this regard, the symposium will also address the broader implications of generative AI in the arts for society at large. For instance, how does the integration of AI in artistic creation redefine aesthetic values or shape the way we experience and consume art? These questions will guide our discussions as we strive to foresee potential societal shifts brought about by the fusion of technology and artistic expression.

20 June 2024 10:00 — 17:00
Villa Vicina
Schwarzstraße 30
5020 Salzburg

Symposium with presentations and discussions.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Marco Döttlinger, composer and sound artist, Salzburg/Vienna, Austria
  • Noah Martin, SUISA—Swiss Cooperative Society for Music Authors and Publishers, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Stephanie Meisl, D#AVANTGARDE – new technology, art and creativity, Vienna/Salzburg, Austria
  • Jordi Pons, Stability AI, Barcelona, Spain
  • Peter Tschmuck, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw), Austria

Supporting Program:
Sweet Spot. Lounge für Elektroakustische Musik: OpenGarden—Beyond.
Sound installations by selected composers → Orangerie Garden in the Mirabell Gardens

Main organizer is Christine Bauer, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Organized by focus area (Inter)Mediation. Music—Mediation—Context / Inter-University Organization Science & Arts, Paris Lodron University Salzburg/Mozarteum University Salzburg in cooperation with the Department Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces of Paris Lodron University Salzburg in the lecture series Musik & Mathematik.