Yasunao Tone: AI Deviation at ISSUE Project Room



Yasanao Tone, Japanese American artists, NYC, Japan, Brooklyn, AI, artificial intelligence, ISSUE Project Room
Yasanao Tone. Photo by ISSUE Project Room.

Yasunao Tone: AI Deviation

Thursday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.

ISSUE Project Room – 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

Admission: $15/$12 ISSUE members and students

Japanese American artist, writer, theorist, and composer Yasunao Tone premieres new work embracing artificial intelligence (AI) with the support of the ISSUE Project Room, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that serves as a leading incubator commissioning new works in music, dance, literature, and film.

Tone has collaborated with Professor Tony Myatt of the University of Surrey UK and a team of researchers, including Mark Fell and Dr. Paul Modler. A series of performances using Tone’s MP3 Deviation software were captured in a laboratory then used to train Kohoen Neural Networks to develop artificial intelligences that can simulate several of his performance approaches. The AIs are integrated in a software framework and computer performance system that extracts attributes from the audio they generate to “listen” to the output and make performance actions as if they were virtual Tone performers. Five versions of Tone AI exist in the performance software, each of which exhibits certain responses modeled on those previously adopted by Tone.

In this performance Tone will deviate and control AI versions of himself along with the mechanisms that each AI uses to hear and respond to the audio they generate; deviating and corrupting the technologies designed to simulate his own performances, deviating and interacting live with AI versions of himself as performer.

To purchase tickets, please visit ISSUE Project Room’s Eventbrite page.