Jennifer Walshe

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Page Range

pp. 379–400


  • English

Print Length

22 pages

19. Ghosts of the Hidden Layer

This chapter will be a wide-ranging discussion of composer Jennifer Walshe’s interactions with AI, covering various projects including her acclaimed CD ‘A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol. 1’. This will be an edited version of a talk given at the Darmstadt Summer Courses in 2018 and is the fullest explication of this leading artist’s vision for how music can engage with AI, particularly in terms of language and the voice. The full text is available at:


Jennifer Walshe

Professor of Composition at University of Oxford

Jennifer Walshe is composer and performer. She is currently professor of composition at the University of Oxford. Her music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world. She has been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Internationales Musikinstitut, Darmstadt and Akademie Schloss Solitude among others. Recent projects include TIME TIME TIME, an opera written in collaboration with the philosopher Timothy Morton, and THE SITE OF AN INVESTIGATION, a 30-minute epic for Walshe’s voice and orchestra, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Walshe has worked extensively with AI. ULTRACHUNK, made in collaboration with Memo Akten in 2018, features an AI-generated version of Walshe. A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol. 1: Ancient to Renaissance, her third solo album, released on Tetbind in 2020, uses AI to rework canonical works from early Western music history.