Teaching: Game projects and automatic music generation

(This mainly happened in January and during the last semester, things stretched a bit into February and I never got the time to write about it since…)

Substituting my supervisor who was travelling, I gave a lecture about AI music. Although my research is not directly on this topic, I have been playing around with popular packages and concepts. There were lots of interests from the students, and a quick show of hands indicates that most students are at least not against AI music (well, not a big surprise since this is a master level computer/information science course in the Netherlands…)

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Easter Music

It has been a while. Finally got the time to write something. Easter holidays yay!!!

Bach’s passions are very popular in the Netherlands during Easter. Did not realise how popular it was even though I played in a St. Matthew’s Passion last year. This year, with more observations and understanding Dutch a bit better, I start to realise it’s really something special. It seems every major city in the Netherlands has at least some ensembles that do it a few times in March, and it’s very frequently on the radio. Te gek!

Yesterday, and the week before, like last year, I was playing in St. Matthew’s passions in Utrecht and Amsterdam, Geerteskerk and Dominicuskerk. And with the invitation from a colleague, I also went to a service + Johanna’s passion in Westerkerk. Viola de gamba, viola d’amore, theorbo, all these unique sounds which we do not hear all that often…  Lots of good memories. Good relaxation after the paper deadline…

The music is beautiful. Heel mooi. Got some pleasant earworms from all the arias now…

The Spring is coming. More posts are coming. Passion, see you next year! Gelukkig Pasen!