Musical Agent based on Self-Organizing Maps (MASOM) is a musical software agent for live performance. MASOM plays experimental music and free improvisation. It learns by listening to audio files such as recordings of performances or compositions. MASOM extracts higher level features such as eventfulness, pleasantness, and timbre to understand the musical form of what it hears. MASOM is limited to the style of what is has listened to and reacts in real-time to what he is hearing. It is able to listen to itself and other performers to decide what to play next. MASOM is designed by Kıvanç Tatar and Philippe Pasquier.
This video is the performance of the piece, A Big MASOM family. The piece has three parts, including two MASOM agents. In the first part, Tatar is performing with a MASOM agent. In the second part, two MASOM agents perform together without Tatar. The last part is a trio of Tatar and two MASOM agents. The MASOM agents are trained on this album: kivanctatar.bandcamp.com/album/self-distruption.
More info about the project MASOM: https://kivanctatar.wordpress.com/masom
Video shooting: Frances Margaret Walker Breden
as a part of the collective concert RE-UN-SOLVED by Co.Crea.Tive: https://cocreative.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/co-crea-tive-at-stylus-records-march-23rd-2017/