cellF: Surrogate musicianship as a manifestation of in-vitro intelligence

Vahri Mckenzie, Nathan John Thompson, Darren Moore, Guy Ben-Ary

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cellF is a collaborative project at the cutting edge of experimental art and music that brings together artists, musicians, designers and scientists to create the world’s first biological neuron-driven analogue modular synthesizer. It combines biological material with electronic circuitry, grown in the laboratory and outside of the body, in-vitro. Such entities are directly linked to the human donors of their biological material, yet physically removed from any human body. At the same time, these are living entities with a degree of autonomy that grow and change with an innate vitality in response to an environment. Thus, in its autonomy and plasticity, cellF represents a new kind of entity that can be described as possessing ‘in-vitro intelligence’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Artificial Intelligence for Music
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations, Advanced Approaches, and Developments for Creativity
EditorsEduardo Reck Miranda
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030721169
ISBN (Print)9783030721152
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes


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