So this is my riddle.
LIVE performance or ARTIFICIAL?
Can you tell which of these sound files contain "live performances" and which ones contain "synthetic" or computer generated music?
My hypothesis is that people will not consistently be able to tell the difference (Since there are seven examples, it would be extremely difficult to guess all of them correctly).
Pieces to be found at this link:
(This is not my main music site, but just a place where I put fragments, works in progress and experimental bits of pieces—You will find all seven pieces in order, at the top, marked Piece 1, Piece 2, Piece 3, etc.)
Here is the basic information for the experiment:
1. I have produced a collection of seven sound files. (It would be too easy to guess if I just gave you two or three).
2. Some files contain "live performances."
3. Some contain music produced synthetically, using midis and computer software.
4. Each sound file is representing music played by two or more pianos. No instruments other than pianos are represented.
5. Background noise is inserted into each file. [Each file begins with a recording of applause, and an announcer saying,
"Well, I promise you, this is the piece everyone here tonight has come to experience."
What follows is an overlapping sound file containing the background noise of an attentive audience. Chair movements, people shifting in their seats, a phone or two beeping, various human noises and other sounds, are part of the environment of each file (so that no noise can serve as a tell tale sign to indicate any sonic difference the between "live" and artificial performance). ]
6. All music, whether artificially produced or performed live, comes from known composers, names taken from this rather long list of modern and contemporary composers. (Source: University of Cambridge Music Library)
Listeners may find the tonality of all the selections rather challenging. None of the works are in a simple traditional or pre-modern diatonic mode. There is deliberate dissonance, often going beyond mere polytonality and even standard dodecaphony.
7. No other information or hints need be given to those who listen to the sound files.
Forum members are asked if they can tell the difference between the sound files containing "live performances," and those which contain "simulated" or "artificial" music, produced by the computer software.
Again, there are seven musical examples. They are short. These are selections only, lasting approximately one minute.
So can you tell which is which?
LIVE performance, or ARTIFICIAL performance?