Monday, November 1, 2021

AI Completes Beethoven’s Unfinished Symphony

Growing up in the Nile delta, Ahmed Elgammal dreamed of becoming an archaeologist or art historian. He never imagined he’d wind up in a concert hall in Bonn listening to the premier of Beethoven’s Tenth, a symphony he helped finish with AI. Hearing of Elgammal’s work, the director of a music technology institute in Salzburg asked him in early 2019 to help complete two movements of Beethoven’s Tenth, also known as his Unfinished Symphony, for a celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday.