Coming back to a rainy Sydney wasn't easy this weekend, after a whirlwind 24 hours spent at Splendour in the Grass 2023 as part of the #SplendourScience Science Tent! I was lucky enough to be invited to present alongside Associate Professor Alice Motion, Dr Jadey O'Regan and Dr Tim Byron on the reasoning and psychology behind our favourite hooks in pop and rock music. I talked about why experimental electronic music isn't exactly 'anti-hook', how AI is changing the way artists work, and also got to chat a little about my recent time at the Sydney Opera House, working with AI on Sonic Mutations.
It was such a pleasure to be involved (not to mention a life highlight to see Lizzo live!) and I cannot wait to come back next year. A huge thanks must go to the dauntless team behind the Science Tent: Dr Quill Darby, Dr Alex Thompson, Dr Holly Kershaw, and countless others who make this happen.