Hello World! (composition)

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Hello World! is a piece of contemporary classical music for clarinet-violin-piano trio composed by Iamus Computer in September 2011. It is arguably the first full-scale work entirely composed by a computer without any human intervention and automatically written in a fully-fledged score using conventional musical notation.[1][2][3] Iamus generates music scores in PDF and the MusicXML format that can be imported in professional editors such as Sibelius and Finale.

Title[edit]

The title makes reference to the computer program Hello World, which is traditionally used to teach the most essential aspects in a programming language.

Dedication[edit]

The composition is dedicated to the memory of Raymond Scott, an electronic music pioneer and inventor of the Electronium.

Premiere[edit]

Hello World! was given its premiere performance on October 15, 2011 by Trio Energio[4] at the Keroxen[5] music festival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. The performers were Cristo Barrios (clarinet), Cecilia Bercovich (violin), and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez (piano).

Critics[edit]

Tom Service, music critic for The Guardian, in reviewing a performance of Hello World! by human musicians, noted that the piece "...sounds like it's slavishly manipulating pitch cells to generate melodies that have a kind of superficial coherence and relationship to one another, with all the dryness and greyness that suggests, despite the expressive commitment of the three performers."[6] Science writer Philip Ball has argued that critics may be biased in their opinions about computer works by 'anti-computer prejudice',[7] as reported by neuroscientific studies.[8]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eldia.es/2011-10-14/CULTURA/6-Keroxen-auna-coreografia-musica-escenario-Tanque.htm
  2. ^ Dude Ellingtone (2011-10-14). "Keroxen ofrece este fin de semana una intensa programación de música y danza". Creativacanaria.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  3. ^ "indicesiete.com". indicesiete.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.amigosdeltanque.com/keroxen-2011
  6. ^ Service, Tom (1 July 2012). "Iamus's Hello World! – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "homunculus: Introducing Iamus". Philipball.blogspot.com. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  8. ^ Nikolaus Steinbeis1 and Stefan Koelsch2 (2008-07-04). "Understanding the Intentions Behind Man-Made Products Elicits Neural Activity in Areas Dedicated to Mental State Attribution". Cercor.oxfordjournals.org. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 

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