My primary mentor was George Rochberg, a renowned composer, thinker, and teacher who sought the renewal of holistic values in artistic practice. Widely considered the father of post-modern music in the 20th century, Rochberg returned the sublime artistry of pre-futurist musical thinking to his contemporary vernacular. Of course, the artistic challenges we face today are different than those of the mid to late 20th century. Instead of composers obsessed with overly abstract, rationalist thinking, we find a seemingly endless stream of simplistic consonance that shares only a passing resemblance to the musical imagination and invention that George, and many others, fought so hard to preserve.
My aim is to ensure the survival of music as a progressively human expression of art.
There many dangers in creating art that acts counter to the human nervous system, and a meaningful way forward isn’t manageable without mastering the methods previous music has employed to engage so successfully with our brains. Software can survey an incredibly large musical corpus and generate material that responds to the perceived patterns and expectations found throughout the entirety of human musical practice. Incorporating this historic bias is what differentiates my work from that of strictly rule-based and neural network approaches to computational creativity. My software (called Isomer) is a hybrid system that leverages advantages wherever and however musical tasks demand.
Dr. Greg Wilder is a composer, pianist, and music informatics specialist, whose work has resulted in patents and a music analysis platform, called Clio Music, currently in use by leading companies throughout the digital media technology industry. An Eastman-trained composer/pianist, Dr. Wilder collaborates with choreographers, filmmakers, theater directors and animators around the globe as composer, sound designer and audio engineer. A complete CV is available via LinkedIn.
“The Beethoven Machine” is a radio story produced by Sean Hurley about Greg and his musical work. “The Beethoven Machine” aired nationally on NPR’s Here & Now.
Composition in the Digital World – Conversations with 21st Century American Composers by Robert Raines contains in-depth discussion with Greg about his musical life and the current musical landscape. You can order your very own copy here.