DIANA is the first AI song contest with an associated songwriting camp and its own award ceremony. After the sensational DIANA premiere at c/o pop 2020, selected musicians came together for the second time to create songs with artificial intelligence and to realize them on film within one day. During the DIANA Award Ceremony at this year's Cologne Music Week, the song contest winners were chosen and were awarded the coveted DIANA trophy.
DIANA SONGWRITING CAMP 2021
The DIANA Songwriting Camp kicked off the Song Contest on the 22nd of October 2021: The eleven musicians, lyricists, and producers were selected in advance by a jury. The criteria were the quality and uniqueness of the applications. No previous knowledge of AI and AI software was required. Over the course of a day, the four teams wrote songs using various AI tools. Subsequently, a music video was generated for every song using AI video software.
DIANA CEREMONY 2021
The DIANA Ceremony took place on the 23rd of October 2021: After meeting and working in the Songwriting Camp one day prior, the four competing teams presented their songs in the beautiful St. Michael church in Cologne. The show was completed by a brilliant live performance by the artist VALENTIN and the exciting voting process to identify this year's winning team as well as its ceremonial awarding with the DIANA trophy and other prizes! Congratulations to team #2 for taking home the DIANA trophy 2021!
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Dr. Maya Ackerman
CEO/Co-Founder of WaveAI
Dr. Maya Ackerman is a leading expert on Artificial Intelligence and Computational Creativity, named “2020 Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is the CEO/Co-Founder of musical AI startup, WaveAI, which created the AI-powered lyrics assistant, LyricStudio. Dr. Ackerman earned her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and held Postdoctoral Fellowships at California Institute of Technology and UC San Diego. She is a professor of AI at Santa Clara University, as well as a singer and music producer. Dr. Ackerman has been an invited speaker at many top venues, including the United Nations, IBM Research, Microsoft and Stanford University and interviews with her appear on NBC News, New Scientist, Grammy.com, and international television stations across the globe.
Founder & CEO Ableton
Behles studied computer science in Berlin, where he also worked as an electronic music writer, researcher, and computer music teacher. He later started the electronic music project Monolake with Robert Henke. They also worked together with computer scientist Bernd Roggendorf on a new music software application, which eventually became Ableton Live. Behles and Roggendorf founded Ableton in 1999, and Live rapidly became one of the most popular sequencer programs for electronic musicians. Today, Behles continues his role as Ableton’s CEO and chief visionary, where he oversees the work of more than 400 employees as they develop the future of Live, Push, and more.
Freelance Music Consultant & Program Curator at Pop-Kultur Festival
Pamela Owusu-Brenyah campaigns for the visibility of contemporary Afro-pop culture and people of African descent in Germany. The Berlin-based music consultant, festival organizer and DJ is currently a program curator for Pop-Kultur and has worked in the past as A&R for Universal Music Central Europe & Africa (2017-19). Starting her own community platform and festival AFRO x POP in 2018, she aims to give talented artists* of the Afro- German scene a stage. As a freelance consultant since 2019, she curated programs for Pop-Kultur Festival, Reeperbahn Festival and Federal Ministry of Development and Cooperation among others. Pamela Owusu-Brenyah is a jury member of the Artist and Residency Funding Program by Musicboard Berlin and board member of Music Women* Germany.
Director c/o pop Convention and Co-Founder of the DIANA AI Song Contest
Ralph H. Christoph is one of the founders of the c/o pop festival in Cologne. From 2004 to 2007, he was the festival's program director. Since 2014, he has been in charge of the c/o pop Convention. For various partners (including the Goethe Institute), he initiated numerous projects in India, China and Brazil, among others. Previously, he worked as a writer and editor (including SPEX). In 1998 he opened the Cologne club STUDIO 672 and ran an artist and event agency.
Jovanka von Wilsdorf
Artist profiler, Songwriter, Initiator of the DIANA AI Song Contest
Jovanka v. Wilsdorf is a Berlin-based musician, artist profiler, and songwriter at BMG Rights Management. With her band QUARKS, she toured Europe and released five albums at Sony Music and Monika Enterprise before becoming a production consultant and artist coach for the Musicboard, the Music Pool Berlin and companies such as Universal music. Jovanka v. Wilsdorf is an international speaker on "AI in Music Composition" and "Artist Development“ , and the initiator of the AI song contest DIANA. 2020 she joined the Board of Music Women* Germany
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"Our Team from Sulfation itself has been shaped around team work with a goal to incorporate two main elements: Pairing the perfect and accurate power of AI with the imperfect and yet, idiosyncratic work of the artist (human) - or, in other words, like our motto: "Humanizing the AI world." D I A N A contest has been an unique and wonderful experience in many aspects but in particular, it provided us with the chance to execute the goal of balancing the work of AI and the artist so quickly and effectively. From song writing to the visual output, the process was very efficient and customizable in many senses. I enjoyed every moment & feel very honored to be there, among the warm welcoming & great prepared team of organizers & Jovanka." - Sulfation
"D I A N A has thrown me out of my comfort zone and into an adventure. Fortunately, with my great team, it harmonized from the beginning and left only room for novelty, experimentation and fun. Just as intuitive as I usually like to work, working with the AI tools also works and I'm grateful for this new experience and all the great musicians I had the chance to meet!" - INGREYN VALLS
"Using AI for music production has changed my perspective on composing. With the tools we were introduced to at D I A N A, I was able to focus much more on choosing the different sounds and structure of the song rather than trying to figure out how to create the parts myself. I will be able to take a lot away for my future projects and I am happy to have met all the wonderful musicians on this special weekend - especially my team members of course! Working with Marie and Farshad was inspiring and I thank them as well as Jovanka and the team behind D I A N A" - Katirha
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