Pip Willcox to present at The Alan Turing Institute's 'Testing Turing: unsettling legacies' event in October

Pip Willcox to present at The Alan Turing Institute's 'Testing Turing: unsettling legacies' event in October

Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries, Pip Willcox, will be speaking about Ada Lovelace and algorithmic music composition at a sold-out Alan Turing Institute event in October exploring the human-machine relationship.

Three talks on diverse case studies in literature, music and security with test and make sense of what it is to be human in the age of big data and digital technology. The talks will be introduced and chaired by Joe Shaw of The Alan Turing Institute.

Pip's talk, which draws on work with the Centre's Professor of e-Research David De Roure and funded by the FAST project, explores how Ada Lovelace might have developed her ideas about Babbage's Analytical Engine as a partner in the creative process, had she lived longer (Lovelace died in 1852, aged 36).

The five-year EPSRC FAST project is bringing the very latest technologies to bear on the entire recorded music industry, end-to-end, producer to consumer, making the production process more fruitful, the consumption process more engaging, and the delivery and intermediation more automated and robust.

Willcox and De Roure have conducted a series of experiments into the process of co-creativity with machines, producing music from maths. Using the mathematics of Lovelace's time and a software simulation of the Engine, the web application Numbers into Notes has been created, as well as an 'arduino' orchestra to simulate multiple, connected Analytical Engines.

Professor De Roure and Pip Willcox presented work supported by the FAST project at the Audio Mostly conference recently, along with Research Associate Iain Emsley.

De Roure also premiered a new composition at Audio Mostly with Alan Chamberlain of the University of Nottingham. The composition is based on contributions made by several musicians and uses the Numbers into Notes software developed by Professor De Roure.