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Game Show “Artificial Art – Human Composers vs. AI”

The game show “Artificial Art – Human Composers vs. AI”, organized by Interfinity Basel and the RDS, attracted great interest. The competent Basel music audience took up the challenge of distinguishing between music composed by an AI and music composed by humans.


The Voltahalle Basel was filled to capacity  on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, for the "Artificial Art - Human Composers vs. AI" game show, organized jointly by Interfinity Basel and the research network Responsibly Digital Society (RDS).

After welcoming addresses by the director of Interfinity Basel, the musician and inventor of the concept, Lukas Loss, and the head of the Department of Education of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, Dr. Conradin Cramer, the eagerly awaited competition began. Five times, two compositions competed against each other - one composed by a human, the other by an AI. The pieces were in the style of J.S. Bach, B. Bartok, J. Brahms, F. Chopin and O. Messiaen. Neither the audience nor the orchestra knew which piece was by whom. After the performance of both pieces, the audience was allowed to vote. And it turned out how knowledgeable the Basel audience is, as the AI was recognized by the majority of the audience in all cases. Scientific intermezzi on selected AI topics were held in between the performances.

After the event, guests had the opportunity to meet and discuss AI with about 40 experts from the RDS research network of the University of Basel. The RDS would like to thank Lukas Loss and his team for the great cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation for the funding within the framework of the Agora program.

More details can be found in an article on BaZ online, in the official video of Interfinity and a report on TeleBasel.