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The hidden genius of Blob Opera – and how it could get even smarter

14 January 2021

Professor Nick Bryan-Kinns
Professor Nick Bryan-Kinns

Professor Nick Bryan-Kinns, Professor of Interactive Design, and Dr Marcus Pearce, Senior Lecturer in Music Perception and Cognition, have recently contributed to the Science Focus article: "The hidden genius of Blob Opera – and how it could get even smarter."

Blob Opera the machine learning experiment, developed by Google and AI artist David Li, has allowed users to compose their own operatic renditions through a quartet of colourful singing blobs. And all within a standard internet browser. Professor Nick Bryan-Kinns, Professor of Interaction Design, from Queen Mary explains the Blob opera, by saying: "It's basically like 'inbetweening' in cartoon animation. That's when you have two frames and you get a computer to create an intermediate frame resulting in an overall smoother animation. Blob Opera is essentially doing that with sound. So, instead of getting opera singers to sing a million different notes, they're getting a computer to work out how to make a smooth transition."

Full article is available here.

Link: https://www.sciencefocus.com/future-technology/blob-opera/