I’ve been getting very interested in the application of Artificial Intelligence in music.
Only recently A man widely seen as the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI) has quit his job, warning about the growing dangers from developments in the field.
Geoffrey Hinton, announced his resignation from Google in a statement to the New York Times, saying he now regretted his work.
He said that some of the dangers of AI chatbots were “quite scary”. “Right now, they’re not more intelligent than us, as far as I can tell. But I think they soon may be.”
I’ve always been a fan of real music played by real musicians on real musical instruments but developments in AI could see the end of at least some of that.
Case in point – Paul McCartney. I’ve been a big fan since I was a child. At nearly 81 now Paul is well past his best vocally but I’m glad he’s still around producing music. In 2018 Paul released Egypt Station – his 17th solo studio album. It’s a very good album and his vocals on it hold up reasonably well (probably with some studio wizardry to help) but now with the aid of AI someone has taken the track “I Don’t Know” and replaced the original vocals with those of a much younger Paul McCartney, probably 1980’s vintage. The result is stunning and probably the best example of AI being used in music that I have heard. It’s hard to believe it’s not the real Paul from 40 years ago. You can listen here –
The technology has still some way to go but the possibilities are enormous. But will it still be music when you don’t really need musicians to produce it?
Spurred on by all this I thought it would be fun to give it a go myself. I used an online site called Beatbot to attempt to produce a jingle for my show. Within three or four minutes I had come up with the following with no experience of writing lyrics or music or even Artificial Intelligence itself
Ok so it’s not stunning or even suitable for broadcast but amazing considering it was a 1st attempt completed in a few minutes by a numbskull!
Where will we be in even 2 years time? The technology is moving fast. No need for singers? musicians? composers? voiceovers? even radio itself.
I hope not.