Myleene hosts Huawei’s AI composition of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony’

07 Feb 19

Huawei showcased how they combined the power of AI with human expertise to compose the final two movements of Schubert’s famous Symphony No. 8. commonly known as the ‘Unfinished Symphony.’ The event was attended by a variety of celebrity talent from across the entertainment industry eager to see the Huawei-completed piece brought to life by the English Session Orchestra.

Hosted by musician, Myleene Klass at the iconic, Cadogan Hall, the event saw the 66-piece orchestra perform to an audience of over 250 guests showcasing for the first time this unique ending to Schubert’s Symphony No. 8.

Huawei’s completed version of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 was created by running an Artificial Intelligence model benefitting directly from the processing power of the dual NPU (Neural Processing Unit) in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone - designed specifically with AI-based tasks in mind. Analysing the timbre, pitch and meter of the existing first and second movements of the symphony, the AI model then generated the melody for the final, missing third and fourth movements. Huawei then worked with Emmy award-winning composer, Lucas Cantor to arrange an orchestral score from the melody that stayed true to the style of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8. 

In the last 12 months, Huawei has taught AI to drive a car, translated the sounds of humpback whales into a love song, and positively changed the lives of deaf children through StorySign. With Unfinished Symphony, Huawei have taken on their most creative collaboration yet and with Shubert’s Symphony No. 8 remaining incomplete for 197 years, Huawei have set their AI the task of finishing one of the most intriguing pieces of unfinished symphonic music of all time.