Artificial intelligence from YAMAHA turned dance into live music
Artificial intelligence conquers all new territories, and its next “springboard” has become music. One of the world leaders in the production of musical instruments, YAMAHA Company presented a new version of AI, which transforms the movements of the famous dancer Kaji Moriyama into piano sounds, which was demonstrated at a concert in Tokyo. The dancer literally “soloed” his body, accompanied by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
The system, developed by YAMAHA engineers, clearly showed that the music performed by a dancer is not a shapeless cacophony, but a work full of meaning. To make it sound, Moriyama attached four types of sensors to his back, wrists and legs. According to the movements of the dancer, the AI instantly “composes” melodies based on the MIDI music data, which are immediately transferred to the Yamaha Disklavier electronic piano, where they are embodied in sounds.
In the process of execution, the music changes depending on how well balanced and harmonious are the movements of the body. And the more accurately it is tuned to AI, the more expressive the piano passages sound.