“The World’s First Songs Composed by Artificial Intelligence” Are Neither First Nor Entirely Artificial
Artificial Intelligence may soon create full musical compositions, as Anna Gaca explores with the software Flowmachines.This article originally appeared on Spin
I know, I know. Isn’t pop music written by robots already? Har har. But really: Researchers at Sony’s Computer Science Laboratory in Paris have shared a pair of tracks created with the assistance of software called Flow Machines.
The program analyzes a database of existing songs to “learn” musical styles and identify commonalities, then “[exploits] unique combinations of style transfer, optimization, and interaction techniques” to synthesize original music. Researchers can tailor the process to produce tunes that sound like the work of a particular artist—for example, “Daddy’s Car,” which is intended to emulate the style of the Beatles:
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