Opera Third Bullet by Vojislav Vučković, or how would ChatGPT do on the Musicology Exam?

DOI https://doi.org/10.51191/issn.2637-1898.2023.6.10.53

Milan Milojković (https://orcid.org/0009-0000-4243-8156)

Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

Author’s contact information: milanmuz@gmail.co  

  INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology Main Theme of the Issue: Technological Aspects of Contemporary Artistic and Scientific Research

Publisher: INSAM Institute for Contemporary Artistic Music, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  


Abstract: This paper is dedicated to the analysis of the opera Third Bullet, composed by Vojislav Vučković. The opera and its composer, and all other data related to them, were generated by the text-based ChatGPT. Although the composer Vojislav Vučković is a person who actually existed, the one in focus here is fictional, or perhaps better yet, a synthesized figure, created somewhat like modern-day Pinocchio, “just like a real boy”. The main goal of the paper is to determine if this artificial historic figure is a relevant topic for musicological analysis, and what can we conclude from dealing with works that don’t really exist. My idea was to question the possibilities for the implementation of text-based AIs in musicological work and to raise awareness of this kind of synthetic history of music that is available to us.

Keywords: AI, ChatGPT, bot, musicology, history of music, Serbian music.


5. INSAM Journal 10. Milojković

ISSN 2637 – 1898
On the cover: Photo from the premiere of the opera Third Bullet by Vojislav Vučković, generated with DALL-E, initiated by Milan Milojković
Design and layout: Milan Šuput, Bojana Radovanović