Humanities Center

Digital Humanities Series

David Dvorin:  "Artificial Intelligence in Music Making"

Recorded on May 3, 2023

 David Dvorin, music professor and zoom presenter

Department of Music and Theatre faculty member and composer David Dvorin will give an introductory session exploring the utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) in music making. The presentation will trace the pathways starting from the algorithmic music-generating machines of the 1950s, the deterministic generators of the 1970s, the pioneering work of David Cope (Experiments in Musical Intelligence) in the 1980s-1990s, and finally ending with contemporary AI-assisted composition. David will show how modern musicians can access AI for their own music activities, not as a substitute for human creativity, but as a valuable interactive tool to generate ideas that make us think and hear differently.

David Dvorin is an Emmy-nominated composer, guitarist, author, and educator who has had his concert music performed in numerous new music and multimedia festivals around the United States and Europe. Versatile in both electronic and acoustic music mediums, he has written for and collaborated with such notable artists as Terry Riley, the California E.A.R. Unit and the Kronos Quartet. Regarded internationally as an expert on Apple’s Logic Pro software, his textbook, Logic Pro X: Advanced Music Production has been adopted by educational institutions worldwide, and is the basis for Apple Computer’s certified training. David has been on the faculty at California State University, Chico since 2006, teaching composition, electronic music and recording arts. In addition to his teaching and artistic activities, he is also the Artistic Director for the annual New Music Symposium, which showcases the work of young composers and brings acclaimed contemporary composers and performers to the North State area of California.

2023-2024 Theme: Water

Water is at once both simple and complex.  A vital life element, essential to any species’ survival, water is threatened by human activity. Water is at the heart of politics and culture, news and information, science, and technology. We seek it; we fight over it; we yearn for it. It is an eternal inspiration for writers and artists. Whether it is drought or receding glaciers, atmospheric rivers or massive flooding, water is everywhere.

The Humanities Center is the interdisciplinary heart of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Our purpose is to create and nurture a culture of ideas at Chico State and to engage our diverse intellectual community through public events.  During the 2023-24 year, the Humanities Center will host a series of lectures and films exploring our human relationships with water. 

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