This goal has united guitarist Ivar Grydeland, pianists Andrea Neumann and Morten Qvenild, and singer Sidsel Endresen. The project saw the light of day in 2017. Until 2020 they will feed a machine – or a computer program, actually – with their own sounds. Afterwards they will listen, reflect, play with and against the machine, and become wiser musicians through the project Goodbye Intuition.
“The computer is still in the process of being developed. As of now it can decide itself, within the bounds of reason, when it wants to record what we’re doing, and how much it wants to record, and then play it back as a mirror reflection of what we’ve done. It decides itself when the mirror is turned in our direction to play our own music back to us. In simplified terms, this is what it’s doing now,” Ivar Grydeland explains.
It is Notam, a centre for technology in music and the arts, that is behind the technological development of the machine used by the project group, while the musicians themselves provide all the musical input. So far it is still at the starting gate. Slowly but surely the machine is building up an extensive sound repertoire. The hope is that this will enable the possibilities to keep expanding.
“The idea is that we should be able to give it qualities that will gradually produce a more advanced and sophisticated reflection. Right now the machine is rather basic,” says project coordinator Grydeland.