Jérôme Nika - Composing musical interaction or narration with generative agents (DYCI2 and OM-DYCI2)



Composing musical interaction or narration with generative agents (DYCI2 and OM-DYCI2)

"Will a machine soon be able to replace the human in the creation of music?" For a whole part of the artisans of artificial intelligence applied to music, artists as well as scientists, it is difficult to answer this recurring question... because it is not the one that is asked! If we "teach" music to computers endowed with a musical "memory" inspired by human cognition, the challenge lies precisely in the process of using these models to explore new practices of music production rather than the reproduction of credible music. The presentation of the musical practices allowed by these new generation instruments, at the service of human creativity, will be illustrated by excerpts of recent productions using the DYCI2 and OM-DYCI2 environment developped in the Music Representations team.


Jérôme Nika (PhD),
Researcher, computer music designer, musician, specialized in AI generative technologies for human-machine creative interactions.

As a researcher in the Music Representations Team at Ircam, Jérôme Nika’s work focuses on how to model, learn, and navigate an “artificial musical memory” in creative contexts. In opposition to a “replacement approach” where AI would substitute for human, this research aims at designing novel creative practices involving a certain level of symbolic abstraction such as “interpreting / improvising the intentions” and “composing the narration“.

Numerous artistic productions have used technologies resulting from this research since 2016 (Onassis Center, Athens, Greece; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria; Frankfurter Positionen festival, Frankfurt; Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, USA; Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Studio 104 de la Maison de la Radio, Grande salle du Centre Pompidou, Collège de France, LeCentquatre, Paris, France; Montreux Jazz festival, etc.). 

As a musician, computer music designer, or scientific advisor, he is involved in numerous musical productions and artistic collaborations, particularly in improvised music (Steve Lehman, Orchestre National de Jazz, Bernard Lubat, Benoît Delbecq, Rémi Fox), contemporary music (Pascal Dusapin, Alexandros Markeas, Ensemble Modern, Marta Gentilucci), and contemporary art (Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains).

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