Creative works

Aura Machine Live

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Audiovisual film: Live recording for FACTmag Patch Notes series, 180 Studios, London

A sound object has an aura. Can a machine produce an aura?

AURA MACHINE LIVE is an audiovisual performance from Vicky’s artist residency exploring machine
learning and musique concrete at NOVARS, University of Manchester.

Incorporating live sound sculpture, DIY interfaces, modular and machine learning, the piece explores
what happens to the sound object when processed by a neural network.

Taking the listener on a journey through transmutational states, the piece begins with the concrete
training data, original source material including manchester mill spaces, machines, materials and noise
to a transmutational training state and finally a latent space exploration of purely generated AI
material.

Visuals feature Vicky’s AURA MACHINE icons, a graphical symbolic system representing the sound
object in latent space. These AI generated forms are trained on a dataset of ancient alchemical –
techno-mystical symbols, made physical in steel and neon sculpture, and form the live audio reactive

visuals as developed/performed by Sean Clarke.
Neural models used are StyleGAN2, NLP for text/voice and PRiSMSampleRNN.