Coordinating the Supply Side: Creating a Systemic Industrial Policy for the 21st Century

The COVID-19 pandemic has cemented a consensus that overcoming planetary-scale problems requires direct government intervention into the real economy and the process of production – what has come to be termed “industrial strategy.” This trend is moving like a freight train that has left its station. It is difficult to stop, and its direction is determined by the intellectual and political rails on which it is running. And like a train, it can either be beneficial, delivering much-needed social and economic goods on schedule, or it can derail. It all depends on whether the rails are well-built and if they are going to the right destination. The job of institutions like the Berggruen Institute
is to help lay the rails right so that this new policy enables planetary cooperation and pre-distribution. If government investments are like a train, with massive power and momentum, the rails are the institutions that solve coordination problems.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.