Symposium On Music & AI

Lecture Presentation

Michael Bess, consultant

February 20th, 2025 @ 8:00pm

Turner Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


An exploration of both the positive and negative impacts that advanced AI is having, and seems poised to have, on the creation of music. 

All the arts will feel the impact of this potent emergent technology, and it is helpful for creative persons to get out ahead of these impacts before they hit. 

Key questions:

  • To what extent can AI machines create music that people perceive as enjoyable or even beautiful? 
  • To what extent is AI-generated music merely derivative – and to what extent does this pejorative term also apply to human-created music? 
  • In what ways can AI help musicians and composers to make new kinds of excellent music?
  • In what ways might AI undermine the work of musicians?