Neural Network Created Music Based on Data About Major Russian Cities

The experts of the Platforma company, which develops solutions for business, have created five musical compositions with the help of a neural network that reflect the sound of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Arkhangelsk, and Kazan.  

The project was created as part of the promotion of a new service to assess the tourist attractiveness of the regions. Thus, music tracks about large Russian cities were developed by a neural network based on the horizon line of a locality, its photos and other geodata, for example, building density and attendance of regions. The most popular musicians from these cities made their own musical compositions based on the tracks of the neural network.

A neural network created in the Pure Data environment generated a waveform from the horizon line data so that it was responsible for the timbre. The geodata of the Tele2 mobile operator, namely the density of the concentration of residents in the city districts, were transformed into a sequencer that placed the notes in their places and set the rhythm.

As the CEO of Platforma, Alexey Kashtanov, explained, the company chose exactly these five cities for the project, since they most vividly demonstrate the landscape diversity and rich architectural heritage of the country.

“Many people associate cities with a certain smell or picture, but we decided to generate their unique sounds. With the help of big data, we took into account many elements: from the number of tourists to the density of buildings and the horizon line, thanks to which we received a unique and unlike anything else sound,” the specialist emphasized.

As part of the work on St. Petersburg, a virtual map of the area was recreated, from where bright places like Kronstadt and St. Isaac’s Cathedral were taken. In Moscow, experts did the same with Red Square and the Kremlin.

On the basis of the music created by the neural network, the most popular artists of the five cities wrote their own compositions. In particular, beatmaker CVPELLV from Moscow, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, rapper Ira PSP from Nizhny Novgorod, indie artist Radif Kashapov (qaynar) from Kazan and musician Mikhail Carlos (Devilboy x Carlos) from Arkhangelsk participated in the project.

Ru-Main, 24.05.2022
Source: Izvestia 

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