The Bio-harmonic Quartet links together a number of musicians and artists via a biofeedback network. This network acts as a musical interface and uses the collective data of participants’ bodily activities to generate music and soundscapes in collaboration with an AI. The goal is to put music production into the context of the increasingly important debates happening between man and machine. The piece also strives to explore news concepts of musical performance and production utilizing developing technologies.
This work was created in collaboration with Vivian Xu. It consisted of a machine learning module and basic wearable sensory system. The first iteration of this work was presented at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra during the second half of musician B6's (Nanli Lou) solo concert Blossoms along-side the Shanghai Philharmonic string quartet, pianists and guitarist Wang Wenwei.
Artists: Benjamin Bacon, Vivian Xu
Performers: B6 (Lou Nanli), Wang Wenwei, Shanghai Philharmonic String Quartet
Rehearsal with B6, Wang Wenwei, Vivian Xu and the Shanghai Philharmonic (piano and string quartet)
Image of participating artists Benjamin Bacon (left), B6 (middle) and Vivian Xu (right) at the
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall taken before the performance.