Science & technology to compose music & write songs, instead of humans

robots playing music

Science & technology (artificial intelligence, robots, etc) can now be used to compose music & write songs, without human intervention.

A few decades back (in the 70s), synthesizers caused a sensation when they were first introduced, because on one had heard such sounds before, they sounded very futuristic back then. Ever since, the number of such sythesized sounds have only increased, with musicians now having access to equipment like samplers, sequencers, powerful outboard effects, and more.

So how easy is it going to be from here on to introduce more such sounds, aren’t they all going to sound similar (using the current music producing equipment/technologies)?

Google says artificial intelligence is the way forward if musicians want access to new musical sounds. Google claims their AI program has invented sounds that humans have never heard before.

JESSE ENGEL IS playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ—18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century rhythm and blues. Then he drags a marker across his laptop screen. Suddenly, the instrument is somewhere else between a clavichord and a Hammond. Before, it was, say, 15 percent clavichord. Now it’s closer to 75 percent. Then he drags the marker back and forth as quickly as he can, careening though all the sounds between these two very different instruments.

“This is not like playing the two at the same time,” says one of Engel’s colleagues, Cinjon Resnick, from across the room. And that’s worth saying. The machine and its software aren’t layering the sounds of a clavichord atop those of a Hammond. They’re producing entirely new sounds using the mathematical characteristics of the notes that emerge from the two. And they can do this with about a thousand different instruments—from violins to balafons—creating countless new sounds from those we already have, thanks to artificial intelligence.

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Technology has made it so much easier for musicians to compose music, to use different sounds, to organize things, and to produce the final mix.

However, things like melody of the song, what instruments to use, is still the brainchild of the composer (a human being).

However, there’s another kind of technology that is also developing at a much faster rate – robotics, artificial intelligence, etc. where artificial intelligence (AI) write songs (instead of human).

Some time back, and AI system had crafted a Beatles-inspired track called ‘Daddy’s Car’.

Watch: Daddy’s Car: a song composed by Artificial Intelligence – in the style of the Beatles

And now there’s a AI-inspired Christmas carol created by researchers at the University of Toronto. They feed the computer images and it can create songs based on what it “sees.” The AI system is able to writes lyrics (based on the images fed) and also composes music (it sings back) for that lyrics.

Neural story singing Christmas

While this is definitely not the most beautiful music, it is indeed commendable, considering there’s no human brain behind it.

And over time, its only going to get better.

Also Read: Robots playing music (have recorded albums too).

Who knows, one day you might even have an AI channel on Pandora or Spotify for AI-inspired music, or takes people’s pictures/videos and writes sings on the fly?

I guess it would be tough to be an artist then.

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