Scientists at SONY CSL Research Laboratory have created the first-ever entire songs composed by Artificial Intelligence: "Daddy's Car" and "Mister Shadow".
The researchers have developed FlowMachines, a system that learns music styles from a huge database of songs. Exploiting unique combinations of style transfer, optimization and interaction techniques, FlowMachines composes novel songs in many styles.
"Daddy's Car" is composed in the style of The Beatles. French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the songs, and wrote the lyrics.
The two songs are excerpts of albums composed by Artificial Intelligence to be released in 2017.
It seems that not even the music industry is safe from automation, and it’s not the first time a computer has given songwriting a try. In April, a 20-year-old developed an A.I. music maker that worked with Google Deep Dream to create jazz pieces.
Even complex works that combine music, acting, and writing have been automated. Thomas Middleditch and Elisabeth Gray starred in a film in June written entirely by A.I. The resulting film, Sunspring, wasn’t really that good by human standards. The A.I., Benjamin, was fed sci-fi scripts until he was predicting words that could fit in the script, working in a similar way to iOS’ predictive word tool.
More recently, IBM Watson managed to produce a movie trailer in just 24 hours for sci-fi thriller flick Morgan, suggesting clips that a human editor could use to create a compelling six-minute clip. The fact that this combination of human and machine worked so well suggests there could be a future in human creativity, with A.I. working as a subordinate tool, but with the advancements in software capabilities taking place, who’s to say that won’t change?