â€˜iâ€™-The Opera is the first ever opera to have been co-written by an artificial intelligence. â€˜iâ€™ explores the latent eroticism in humansâ€™ fascination with artificial beings.
The story follows the creation of an android, a birthday gift for a neurotic Princess who is sequestered by obsessively doting parents in a castle in the sky. The androidâ€™s inventor, while teaching it to speak and think, falls fatally in love with his own creation.
Librettist Klara Kofen co-wrote the piece with a neural network, reared on a database of Shakespeare sonnets and Indian Epics compiled by Dr Amita Kapoor, and trained by research scientist Janelle Shane (UC San Diego). This process inspired the musical material for â€˜iâ€™, for which composer James Oldham experimented with neural network learning processes, using the Melisma Stochastic Melody Generator and 1,000 love songs.
The opera includes singer-songwriters alongside opera singers, electronics and live ensemble, 3D animations, and costumes made entirely out of recycled materials.
And stick around after the opera for a drink and Q+A session like no other, hosted by 'Birmingham-based lo-fi love song band' The Bank Accounts!
Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund.
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