Sunday, July 02, 2017

Can AI Write Pop Songs?

Last fall the Sony CSL "Flow Machines" system analyzed a database of fifty Beatle lead sheets and made an aggregate distillation of melodic and chordal patterns, so turning Beatles music into a computational object. The result is Daddy's Car, a song composed in the style of The Beatles.

There is a second Flow Machines song called Mr. Shadow, composed in the style of American songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

The two songs are excerpts of albums composed by Artificial Intelligence to be released in this year. I didn't know about this until Mr. Nag mentioned it to me today after reading this article in the Paris Review. It's long but worth a read if you're interested in AI's impact on music.

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