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.


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


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


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).


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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  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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