The Australian National University researcher has used the power of AI to spread joy with bringing National Carillon to life for the festive days, reads the ANU press release from December 20.

The National Capital Authority, which manages one of the Canberra’s landmarks and the unique instrument, has invited Dr Charles Martin that specializes in combining computer science and music at Australian National University, for redesigning the National Carillon visitors experience.

Together with other specialists, Terry McGee and Dr Alistair Riddell, Dr Martin has redesigned old clavier, or keyboard, sensor system and programmed the clavier’s batons with sound that imitate original Carillon’s bells, also adding several Christmas carols.

As a result of  the research team efforts, visitors can now play the instrument and spread Christmas joy further, and visitors’ performances “feels like for the carillonists who perform for us,” reported Charles Martin, adding:

“The moment we finally could press the clavier batons and hear authentic carillon bell sounds, and start to experiment with playing some music, was just exhilarating”


This festive season has already brought several AI applications to music industry. While AI completes Beethoven’s 10th symphony for his 250th Anniversary, researchers from Amazon and Cambridge University have presented a novel system for developing artificial signers.