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  1. Few composers are as revered and exalted as Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). His status as a pillar saint of music is matched by the way the maestro appears in paintings: with a determined gaze and wild mane. The question now is: Does the content of this ingenious fuzzy head fit into a trouser pocket? The idea does not seem far-fetched. At least, a team of musicologists and programmers has now attempted to develop a "Beethoven AI" that fits on a USB stick. AI stands for artificial intelligence. The idea is to feed a computer with as much information as it needs to be able to compose like Beethoven once did - and to complete something that the master was unable to do before his death. A 10th symphony. The result of this experiment can be heard - after some delay due to the Corona pandemic - from this Friday on on CD ("Ludwig van Beethoven X - The AI Project") and at a world premiere of the Beethoven Orchestra conducted by Dirk Kaftan. The venue is the Telekom Forum in Bonn. The Group initiated the project. The 10th Symphony is not just any piece, but a kind of gaping wound in music history. At times, its existence was even doubted by the music world - the myth surrounding Beethoven's "Ninth" was too great. The common opinion: the master himself had completed his symphonic work with the final chorus "An die Freude". However, it was by no means like that. "Beethoven usually worked on two symphonies at the same time. So while he was writing the 9th Symphony, he was also putting ideas on paper for "the other one," as he called it," says Matthias Röder, director of the Karajan Institute (Salzburg), who led the KI team. What remained, he says, were sketches - ultimately ideas - at a very early stage of composition. Beethoven died before he completed the 10th Symphony. Röder and his colleagues - including AI expert Ahmed Elgammal and composer Walter Werzowa - pored over this material. They found notes, but sometimes words, such as spiritual thoughts. From this, they tried to deduce what kind of work the composer might have had in mind. What direction. And they fed the AI - with Beethoven, but also with music by contemporaries like Mozart or Haydn. They trained it. You have to think of the actual creation process as a kind of ping-pong game between humans and machines. The AI made suggestions based on its data as to how a particular passage could be continued - and the team of experts looked at it, made their selection and played the decision back into the system. So the project shouldn't be seen as giving sole control to a computer. The selection of pieces, which the AI used to learn what Beethoven sounds like, the selection process - human decisions were required at many points. There have already been frequent attempts to have computer programs compose. Among them was the "completion" of the 8th Symphony in B minor by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). A company from the communications industry was also involved in this, smartphone manufacturer Huawei. When you dare to tackle a great composer like Beethoven, criticism is inevitable. However, those involved emphasize that they do not want to knock the genius off his pedestal. This is an experiment to show how creative collaboration between human and artificial intelligence can work. "We don't want to say with this project that a machine can suddenly compose better than Beethoven," Röder explains. But he also says, "If Beethoven were alive today, he would try out all these technologies. I'm convinced of that." Excerpts from https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.welt.de/wissenschaft/article234238318/Kuenstliche-Intelligenz-Computer-komponiert-Beethovens-10-Sinfonie.html LINK TO THE PREMIERE https://www.magenta-musik-360.de/beethoven-10-sinfonie
  2. Since the Oscars are soon coming up, I thought I'd go ahead and make this thread for discussion purposes. Oscars 2019: The Academy announces shortlist for ‘Best Visual Effects’. The shortlist includes: Ant-Man and the Wasp Avengers: Infinity War Black Panther Christopher Robin First Man Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mary Poppins Returns Ready Player One Solo: A Star Wars Story Welcome to Marwen
  3. 'Jurassic Park,' 'The Shining,' 'Brokeback Mountain', and 'Rebecca' Enter the National Film Registry, Deeming them Culturally, Historically or Aesthetically Significant.
  4. Thought this would make for a fun discussion, so here goes. What are some movie antagonists from this century that you believe will be remembered as some of cinema's most memorable, iconic villains years from now? Here's my top three. Anton Chigurh: No Country for Old Men (2007) Daniel Plainview: There Will Be Blood (2007) Gollum: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
  5. Seeing as there has not been an official thread created for this film yet, I thought I'd be the one to do the honors. "The Incredibles 2 Teaser Trailer to Premiere With Coco"
  6. What are some examples of films that were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards that didn't win but, in your opinion, should have won? Here are a few examples of films I personally think should have won the Oscar: E.T. over Gandhi, The Fellowship of the Ring over A Beautiful Mind, and Hugo over The Artist.
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