Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Way We Create and Listen to Music
It's no secret that artificial intelligence is slowly creeping into every aspect of our lives. AI is changing the way we work, communicate and even create music. Some experts believe that artificial intelligence will completely change the way we listen to and create music in the future. So what does this mean for musicians and music lovers? Let's take a closer look at how AI is changing the world of music!
About two weeks ago, on February 7th, the press announced that Apple had acquired AI Music, a London-based company. AI Music is able to create soundtracks using royalty-free music, so it's anyone's guess what Apple plans to do with that technology.
If you're curious about how artificial intelligence is changing the way we create music, check out Aiva Technologies. Their browser app uses AI to help ordinary people generate music without any knowledge of music theory. The program asks for some basic parameters and then creates a unique piece of music based on your choices.
There are several major web apps that deliver AI music to their users with very little barrier to entry. Spotify and Pandora are two of the most popular music streaming services in the world. As far back as the year 2000, Pandora was working on "The Music Genome Project" to map the deepest structures of music. When you sign up for an account on Pandora, it asks you to choose your favorite songs and artists so that it can create a personalized playlist just for you!
Spotify is a little different. It doesn't ask you to choose your favorite music ahead of time. Instead, it uses artificial intelligence to analyze the songs in your library and then creates playlists based on what it finds. In other words, if you have a lot of Country music in your library, Spotify will start creating playlists for you with more Country music. If you have a lot of rap music, it'll create playlists for you with more rap.
Tidal has been using artificial intelligence to help its users find new music since 2014. The app uses artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze the songs in your library and then generates personalized recommendations based on what it finds!
As artificial intelligence becomes more and more sophisticated, we can expect to see even more AI-generated music in the future. It's likely that artificial intelligence will eventually be able to compose entire symphonies on its own!
So what does this mean for musicians?