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Man or machine? How about a blend of both? A new book delves into the boundary between humans and machines in the realm of music.


It’s fascinating to see how attitudes towards the role of machines in music have evolved over time, as discussed by Professor Loughridge in her upcoming book “Sounding Human.” This shift from skepticism to acceptance of computers as musical tools mirrors the broader integration of technology into creative processes across various fields.

Loughridge’s exploration of the historical context of this debate, from the 1700s to the present day, highlights how the perception of machines in music has oscillated between being seen as a natural and rational part of the creative process and as something that is antithetical to human expression. This historical perspective can indeed offer valuable insights into the current discussions around AI in art.

As AI technology continues to advance and influence creative fields, including music, it’s crucial to have nuanced discussions that move beyond simplistic binary distinctions between “human” and “machine.” Recognizing the complex entanglement and collaboration between humans and machines can lead to more thoughtful and productive conversations about the role of AI in art and its potential to shape future creative endeavors.

Loughridge’s book promises to provide a rich historical context for these discussions and encourages readers to consider the diverse ways in which machines have influenced and will continue to impact artistic expression. It’s a valuable contribution to the ongoing dialogue about the intersection of technology and art.