Bjork and Microsoft taught AI to compose music by watching birds and clouds

A new joint project between Bjork and Microsoft has been given the poetic name "Kórsafn". It uses artificial intelligence tasked with composing music in real time, drawing inspiration from the changing weather and events in the Earth's sky. In particular, he knows how to react to flying birds and recognize the shape of clouds - the AI ​​interprets them as commands to change the direction of the melody.

In the lobby of the Sister City Hotel in New York, melodies are played non-stop, composed of excerpts of choral arrangements of Björk's songs, including the newest ones written by the Icelandic choir Hamrahlid. This music database has become the data base for AI, which observes the panorama of the sky over New York through a special camera on the roof of the hotel. Artificial intelligence analyzes the image of the sky and selects the appropriate pieces of music to create new music.

Kórsafn is reported to have been trained to respond flexibly to rapid and infrequent events, such as overflying an airplane. But at the same time, he knows how to take into account the change in atmospheric pressure and the schedule of sunsets and sunrises in order to compose music “in advance”. He also knows how to take into account long-term trends linked to seasonal phenomena.