Could future music production methods be influenced by artificial intelligence?

Are you still in disbelief after reading all those LinkedIn and Twitter postings and threads about how ChatGPT is going to rule the world? Everyone is busily enumerating the types of jobs that will disappear as a result of AI. even us authors.

Have you noticed, though, what Google has been doing to in terms of AI?

The tech juggernaut quietly unveiled MusicLM last week. It is an AI that has absorbed 280,000 hours of music during training. And it can now produce some powerful music for you. Even from convoluted language instructions like this one: “A rising synth is playing a reverb-heavy arpeggio. It is accompanied by soft drums, a sub bass line, and pads. This song’s abundance of synthesised noises creates a calming atmosphere.

Researchers at the Google Research facility developed SingSong. Singers of all ability levels are said to be able to make music using this new intuitive method. From 46,000 hours of music, Jesse Engel and colleagues utilised an algorithm to distinguish the voice and instrumental recordings. They used these various recordings to train an artificial intelligence model that had previously been created by Google Research. According to the New Scientist magazine, during this testing phase, the artificial intelligence was able to learn how to use audio tracks that weren’t initially in its database and to make original musical accompaniments.

New musical experiences

How much we enjoy listening to music that has some “functional” purpose, such as to focus, relax, go to sleep, or exercise to, has been revealed by playlist popularity.

In order to maximise specific cognitive states, Endel has made AI-powered functional music its business model.

The listener’s heart rate and other physiological information can be connected to Endel’s music. Its manifesto prominently references mindfulness techniques and makes the audacious claim that, despite the fast-paced and anxiety-inducing nature of the “new world,” we can employ “new technology to assist our bodies and brains adapt to it.”

Various other startups are also investigating useful music.

Aimi is researching the potential for independent electronic music creators to create limitless, interactive streams from their work.

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