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Why are you and your 5,599,881 parameters so hard to understand?

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A recording of a session featuring Machine Folk music at the 2018 QMUL Festival of Ideas, April 26 2018. Musicians include Bob Sturm (accordion), Sandy Rogers (fiddle), Luca Turchet (mandolin), Emmanouil Benetos (accordion), Michael Mcloughlin (tin whistle), Dan Stowell (melodica and bones), Cornelia Metzig (guitar)

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I play Why are you and your 6 million parameters so hard to understand?

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Flute and melodeon play this tune

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An approximation of the machine-generated tune "Why are you and your 5,599,881 parameters so hard to understand?" Played in F on a C/F Hohner Club IIB Victoria melodeon.

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I have changed the harmonies and tempo.

  • "Why are you and your 5,599,881 parameters so hard to understand?" comes from the model as is. "Why are you still singing even when reduced to a 30-dimensional subspace?" is produced by the model with its softmax layer matrix rank reduced to 30 from 137. "Let's attenuate the probability of B, by a factor of 100" comes from the original model, but with a reduction of the probability of the pitch B by a factor of 100. "I removed your 4th singular vectors and this is what you generate?" is from the model but with its 4th singular vector removed from the softmax layer matrix.

    Bob Sturm, July 11, 2018

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