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2. ULTRACHUNK

What are the implications of using one’s voice to improvise with a neural network? Composer Jennifer Walshe and artist Memo Akten present ULTRACHUNK, a neural network trained on a corpus of Walshe’s solo vocal improvisations. Here, Walshe wrangles with an artificially intelligent duet partner—one that reflects a distorted version of her own improvisatory language and individual voice.

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Jennifer Walshe

The "most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years” (Irish Times) and “wild girl of Darmstadt” (Frankfurter Rundschau), musician and artist Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her music has been commissioned, broadcast, and performed all over the world. She has been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm; Internationales Musikinstitut, Darmstadt; and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, among others. Her visual work has been exhibited at Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.