Robotics and AI inspire new orchestral piece / HollywoodSoapbox
HollywoodSoapbox - Jon Soltes writes.....It's not everyday that a new orchestral piece comes around that has been inspired by robotics, artificial intelligence and the relationship between humans and inanimates, but that's exactly what listeners can expect when taking in the sounds of Lim Fantasy of Companionship for Piano & Orchestra. The new work comes courtesy of French composer Manu Martin, who was commissioned to write the piece by Dr. Susan Lim, a pioneer in robotic surgery from Singapore, according to press notes.
Both Lim and Dr. Christina Teenz Tan are billed as creators of the work, and their efforts have now produced a recording of the piece, out now from Signum Records. Included on the album are pianist Tedd Joselson, London Voices and the London Symphony Orchestra, all under the direction of maestro Arthur Fagen.
The album was recorded in 2019 at Abbey Road Studios, and the songs are pulled from another project, a musical named ALAN, which is also the name of the inanimate robot at the center of the narrative. Recently Hollywood Soapbox exchanged emails with Tan about the project. Questions and answers have been slightly edited for style.