I write Music, Make Art, I Am a Computer

This video combines the work of musical computer program ‘Emily Howell’ and a homage to Googles ‘Deep Dream’ software. It tries to create a music video that a computer would make. The film uses video footage from a Herefordshire woodland distorted with dreamlike hallucinogenic vision mimicking ‘Deep Dreams’ own imagination. Overlaid is a rendered animation to reinforce the computers actual regimented thought process.

Emily Howell is a computer program created by David Cope during the 1990s. Emily consists of an interactive interface that allows both musical and language communication. By encouraging and discouraging the program, Cope attempts to “teach” it to compose music more to his liking. The program uses only the output of a previous composing program called Experiments in Musical Intelligence (Emmy) as a source database for its musical choices. Emily has now released two albums.

Googles DeepDream is a computer vision program created by Google which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia, thus creating a dreamlike hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images.

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