The Sound of Contagion

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Project Leads:

Robert Laidlow

composer and researcher


Chelsea Haith

researcher and writer

Wenzel Mehnert

researcher and theorist


About the project:

The Sound of Contagion was born out of a collaborative effort between researchers at the University of Oxford and Universität der Künste, Berlin. We are interested in what happens when we use creativity to improve algorithms, and algorithms to support creativity.

The Oxford/Berlin Creative Collaborations showcase ideas and research across the arts and humanities. They combine established methodologies from the Humanities with new and exciting forms of artistic expression.
This new exchange of methodologies, modes of representation, language and other qualities will lead to innovative contributions in the arts and sciences alike. We embrace a worldview that purposely goes beyond preconceived disciplinary borders and integrates speculative, subjective and positivistic approaches to problem-solving and creation.  The encounters are intended to provide a novel emphatic perspective on how we can work, think and communicate.

The Sound of Contagion takes these ideals as a starting point, and expands on them in the areas of music composition, narrative theory, and Artificial Intelligence.


This project is funded by the Minderoo AI Challenge Fund.