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From The Future World is a composition
created using artificial intelligence
to complement the works of Antonín Dvořák.
The piece is based on the master's unfinished sketch that was discovered 100 years after its creation and completed using AIVA artificial intelligence. The process has produced a brand new composition that has three movements featuring motifs and compositional patterns used by the world-renown Czech composer.
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Antonín Dvořák is undoubtedly the best-known Czech classical music composer. During his life, he wrote a large number of compositions with various forms. His most popular work, which has been performed countless times the world over, is Symphony No. 9 "From the New World". Dvořák died relatively young, and he left numerous unfinished sketches, ranging from notated motifs to more extensive scores, completed to a varied degree. While searching through the archives of the Music Museum, we found one of such more extensive sketches, which features a relatively clear motif. One hundred and 15 years after the master's death, we decided to bring the work to completion.

To do so, we relied on an artificial intelligence system for music composition devised by AIVA Technologies, which has been used, for example, to create a composition for a symphony orchestra in Luxembourg. AIVA artificial intelligence has examined 30,000 scores written by great music masters to learn the rules of classical music. We asked the AIVA team to use its artificial intelligence solution to study Dvořák's works using the machine learning process. AIVA employs a neuron network that functions together with a complex musical modeling system that combines melodies, rhythms, and tempos with musical and emotional patterns. AIVA is not only about notation, but also about broader musical implications. After about a month of "virtual study" of all available works of the Czech master, we fed the score for Dvořák's unfinished composition into the system.

And lo and behold, AIVA was able to complete the work! It created a score for a musical composition lasting approximately five minutes. Afterward, AIVA composed two additional movements, which do not complete any of Dvořák's sketches, but extend his original work based on compositional and motivic development patterns the system learned in studying the composer's works.

Hence, the collaboration with AIVA Technologies has produced a composition with three movements, each lasting about five minutes. We named the work "From The Future World" in reference to Dvořák's popular composition "From The New World". Just as Dvořák composed his Ninth Symphony in expectation of the New World and a new life on another continent, we have completed one of his works with similar expectations and paid homage to him using state-of-the-art technologies.

The composition will be presented to music professionals on several occasions, such as a press conference held in March and during events planned to take place in June. The process will culminate with a concert in Rudolfinum on 15 November 2019. The composition will be performed by the PKF – Prague Philharmonia conducted by its chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

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PKF – Prague Philharmonic Press Conference on the 2019/2020 Season

Emmanuel Villaume, music director and head conductor of the PKF - Prague Philharmonic described the project as an exciting experiment that poses new, hitherto unanswered questions: What is the creative overlap between man and artificial intelligence? Can the artist's soul be heard in their music?

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Komercní banka as Innovative Sponsor of the Arts

Michal Teubner, a representative of Komerční banka, took the floor at the conference. He explained the importance of the financial institution’s role in the innovative project, From the Future World. The bank's philosophy is to promote Czech culture while modernizing its services with the help of the latest technology.

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Richard Stiebitz and Filip Humpl of Wunderman at the Press Conference

We accepted a kind invitation to a press conference where we were given the opportunity to speak publicly for the first time about this entire project, its creation and all the partners involved in it. After hearing our story and the first movement of the new piece, there was applause, followed by palpable curiosity. What will the entire composition performed by the PKF - Prague Philharmonic sound like?

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1. Movement from the composition, From the Future World, as interpreted by pianist Ivo Kahánek

You can hear the first movement from this original composition by Antonín Dvořák, as interpreted by piano maestro Ivo Kahánek. His fingers bring to life the notes written down by the master more than 115 years ago.

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Original Fragment of a Sketch by Dvořák

It was an exciting moment! We held in our hands a sheet of music written in the master's own hand. This is a motif no one has ever heard. Could we make it come to life?

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The Music Museum, Where It All Began

It took several weeks of searching and inquiry. What compositions was Antonín Dvořák working on at the end of his life? Was he planning on writing another symphony? Where are his musical sketches preserved? We found the answers to these and similar questions, and in the end, we found a most valuable treasure - an unfinished sketch for a piano concerto stored in the archive of the Music Museum in Malá Strana.

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Project Partners
Wunderman
Wunderman is a communication firm that creates concepts by bringing together data and creativity.
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Wunderman is a communication firm that creates concepts by bringing together data and creativity. Wunderman's campaigns incorporate artificial intelligence. In this project, artificial intelligence was presented with the challenge of creating a work of art.
Komerční banka
Komerční banka is a bank committed to modern trends and state-of-the-art technologies in providing services to clients.
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Komerční banka is a bank committed to modern trends and state-of-the-art technologies in providing services to clients. At the same time, Komerční banka supports social values and takes part in various cultural projects. Komerční banka is therefore a proud partner of the "From The Future World" project, an effort that shows that artificial intelligence can help people in dealing with highly complex tasks.
PKF – Prague Philharmonia
Although the PKF – Prague Philharmonia's forte is classical music, the ensemble is open to challenges and experiments.
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Although the PKF – Prague Philharmonia's forte is classical music, the ensemble is open to challenges and experiments. That includes the orchestra's participation in the "From the Future World" project, which brings together classical music and modern technologies. To pay homage to Antonín Dvořák, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia will perform the work, created by artificial intelligence, in a concert in November. The orchestra will be conducted by its chief conductor Emmanuel Vilaume.
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Media Contacts
Richard Stiebitz
Wunderman
Michal Teubner
Komerční banka
Iva Nevoralová
PKF – Prague Philharmonia