Life Like

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Year: 2021 | Duration: 6′ | 2-Channel Fixed Media and Video


Life Like is an audiovisual project exploring the generation and sonification of Life-Like Cellular Automata modeled after John H. Conway’s Game of Life using several of Magenta’s Colab Notebooks. These cloud-based Jupyter notebooks contain several pre-trained models for synthesizing timbre, audio and MIDI analysis, and music generation. A video and MIDI file of “live” cells are first created from variable birth and survival conditions set before generation in Python. The MIDI file is then uploaded to several of the models to enhance or augment the sound before being edited in a DAW together with the video to produce the final result.

Read the full paper on the Research Page.