Max von Bismarck

Max von Bismarck


Max is a Partner and the Chief Executive Officer Europe for SkyBridge Capital, a leading alternative investments firm. From September 2005 until May 2011, he was the Director and Head of Investors at the World Economic Forum where he built and lead an international team based in New York and Geneva responsible for all global activities and relationships of the World Economic Forum related to finance and investment. Furthermore, Max oversaw the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on “The Future of Long-Term Investing” and was a trustee of the World Economic Forum Retirement Plan. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Max was a serial entrepreneur. He was a Co-Founder & Managing Director at Public One Strategy Consulting, where he advised federal and local governments on issues related to foreign investment, technology & entrepreneurship.

Previously, he was a founding team member of the Oxford based technology company Mondus Limited. As the Director Legal, he helped build the nternational operation and was involved in the successful trade sale to SEAT Pagine Gialle.

He studied Law and Modern History at St. John’s College, Oxford University, and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and holds an Executive Masters in Global Leadership from the World Economic Forum (Program in collaboration with Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, INSEAD and London Business School). Max was named a German-American Young Leader of the Atlantik Brücke in 2004 and a Global Leadership Fellow by the World Economic Forum in 2005. He is also a Senior Advisor on Global Business for the Stanford Program on Regions of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Asia Pacific Research Center of Stanford 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.