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W&K-Forum – Symposium: Harmony & Dissonance: Generative AI in Music and the Arts

The symposium delves into the dynamic relationship between generative AI and the world of music within the broader spectrum of the arts. This interdisciplinary gathering will focus on the opportunities that generative AI presents to artists, while also addressing the inherent fears and challenges that accompany this technological innovation.

Our symposium will explore the diverse ways in which artists harness the power of AI to push the boundaries of musical creation, including the artistic collaboration with AI for musical expression or improving efficiency of specific tasks. This exploration will not shy away from acknowledging the concerns and uncertainties that loom over the artistic community and the music and arts sectors. Questions of authorship, the automation of jobs, and potential loss of human touch are among the challenges that demand thoughtful reflection. In this regard, the symposium will also address the broader implications of generative AI in the arts for society at large. For instance, how does the integration of AI in artistic creation redefine aesthetic values or shape the way we experience and consume art? These questions will guide our discussions as we strive to foresee potential societal shifts brought about by the fusion of technology and artistic expression.


  • Emergent Properties – Composition in Intra-action
    Marco Döttlinger, Mozarteum University Salzburg/University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna – mdw, Salzburg/Vienna
  • Artificial Intelligence and Copyright
    Noah Martin, SUISA –  Swiss Cooperative Society for Music Authors and Publishers, Zurich
  • Schiele’s Ghost
    Stephanie Meisl, D#AVANTGARDE – new technology, art and creativity, Vienna/Salzburg
  • Reinventing how we Create Audiovisual Content
    Jordi Pons, Stability AI, Barcelona
  • Business Models for AI-based Music Applications and Legal Challenges
    Peter Tschmuck, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna – mdw, Vienna


Symposium with presentations and discussions.

Main organizer: Christine Bauer, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Supporting program: OPENING 5:30 p.m
Sweet Spot. Lounge für Elektroakustische Musik: OpenGarden – NEOBEYOND
Sound installations by selected composers in the Orangery Garden in Mirabell Gardens

Organized by focus area (Inter)Mediation. Music – Mediation – Context / Inter-University Organization Science & Arts, Paris Lodron University Salzburg/Mozarteum University Salzburg in cooperation with the department Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Paris Lodron University Salzburg in series Musik & Mathematik.