Naive Bayes is a short video clip created after a commission from the Italian composer Emanuele de Raymondi for his new album “Naive Bayes”, as a preview of his new project and upcoming concert. It is an exercise in digital animation that pays homage to pioneers of optical synthesis, visual music or contemporary composition such as Daphne Oram, Norman McLaren or Iannis Xenakis. The abstraction system used in this film is an evolution of Playmodes’ continuous research around a consistent visual music language, in which image and sound establish close relationships. Halfway between artistic expression and scientific research, the construction of a purely audiovisual discourse is sought, where timbre, brightness, tone, color, volume, geometry, rhythm or human expression fuse -and confuse-.
Written by composer Emanuele de Raymondi, Naive Bayes comprises a three movements piece performed by Sentieri Selvaggi, Italian leading new music ensemble.
The work is scored for sextet (Violin, Cello, Piano, Vibraphone, Flute and Clarinet) and electronic track.
Naive bayes is the name of the most used algorithm in machine learning. The piece is imagining, allegorically and with some humor, an AI trying to make sense and respond to what the musicians are playing, in a constantly evolving interplay between man and machine.