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Music Tectonics

Jun 18, 2020

When Jovanka Von Wilsdorf wrote songs for a virtual pop star, she found herself falling in love with humans again. The spaces between art and tech, human and artificial intelligence, is where the Berlin-based songwriter, artist profiler, and speaker feels at home. Jovanka tells irregular host Tristra Newyear Yeager how she got there, from touring and recording with her band Quarks, to writing hit songs for top artists, to distilling AI research into stories that reach musicians. Jovanka discusses the upcoming DIANA AI songwriting competition she founded and explores the AI-powered musicmaking tools that get her most excited. What do artist-facing AI music startups get wrong about the creative process? What do they get right? 

NOTE: The audio quality is rough (thanks to work from home conditions and transatlantic connections), but the conversation quality is high.

The Music Tectonics podcast goes beneath the surface of the music industry to explore how technology is changing the way business gets done. Visit to learn more, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Let us know what you think!