Former Prime Minister of Pakistan (2004-2007)
Chairman and Founder
Chairman & Founding Partner, TPG Capital
Ambassador to the World Health Organization for Global Strategy; Chairman of Wesray Social Investments LLC and Chairman of the MCJ Amelior Foundation
Director, Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, University of Southern California
Mohamed A. El-Erian
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz
Senior Vice President, Programs; Deputy Editor of Noema Magazine
Co-Founder of LinkedIn; Partner at Greylock
Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Executive Vice President
Eric E. Schmidt
Former CEO and Chairman, Google/Co-founder, Schmidt Futures
Vice President, Berggruen Institute; Director, Berggruen China Center
Co-Founder and CEO, Snap Inc.
Former Prime Minister of Denmark (2011-2015)
Former President of Mexico (1994 - 2000); Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University
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.
RAVE (IRCAM 2021) https://github.com/acids-ircam/RAVE