When MBW ran a chunk a few months in the past on Artificial Intelligence creating a track in the style of Travis Scott, it created fairly a stir in music business circles.
These following the ‘robots writing songs’ narrative would possibly wish to be taught that issues have progressed but once more.
On Tuesday (Could 12), the outcomes of the primary ever AI Music Contest have been introduced, in a contest organized by Dutch broadcaster VPRO in cooperation with radio station NPO 3FM and NPO Innovation.
The AI Music Contest was designed as a playful nod to the Eurovision Music Contest – the reliably kitsch, televized annual music competitors that often (in a non-COVID yr) attracts a world TV viewers of more than 180m people.
We are saying ‘playful nod’; it’s truly a bit extra blatant than that. The pitch of the AI Music Contest actually reads: “The following main Eurovision artist is likely to be a pc. Within the AI Music Contest groups of musicians, artists, scientists and builders tackle the problem of making a brand new Eurovision-like hit with the assistance of synthetic intelligence.”
The winner of the Contest was partly determined by a panel of highly-qualified specialists, together with British exec Ed Newton-Rex, whose AI music firm Jukedeck was acquired by TikTok owner Bytedance final yr.
Newton-Rex’s fellow panellists have been Netherlands-based AI researcher and composer Vincent Koops and US-based Anna Huang, previously an AI Resident on the Magenta challenge at Google Mind, the place she labored on generative fashions for music.
These three judges voted on a number of AI-generated tracks, after which their scores have been added along with the ‘public vote’ from a world on-line viewers with a view to crown a winner.
Ultimately, thanks largely to a chunky share of that viewers vote, this monitor – Lovely The World by Uncanny Valley – emerged victorious.
(Uncanny Valley, pictured, are literally from Australia, somewhat than Europe, however Australia are additionally individuals in the true Eurovision Music Contest as of late, so honest sufficient.)
In accordance to VPRO, the monitor was “largely written utilizing synthetic intelligence”.
The group behind the track fed audio samples of animals native to Oz – together with koalas, kookaburras and Tasmanian devils – to make it as reflective as doable of their homeland, after which they let AI do its work.
VPRO provides: “The viewers’s enthusiasm for the Australian entry is an enormous enhance for AI as a artistic method for the longer term. It reveals that a pc can write a feel-good track with a catchy hook.”
“This reveals that a pc can write a feel-good track with a catchy hook.”
AI Music Contest organizer, VPRO
Lovely The World, although, wasn’t truly the favored monitor of the AI Music Contest’s judges.
The Critics’ Alternative prize, because it have been, went to the runner-up of the particular competitors, the brilliantly-titled I’ll Marry You, Punk Come.
It was created, effectively, by Artificial Intelligence, working in tandem with German group Dadabots x Portrait XO.
You possibly can hear the submitted version of that track by way of right here, and a unique ‘half 1’ model under:
After Australia (No.1) and Germany (No.2), at No.3, got here Abbus by Dutch group Can AI Kick It?
Not going to lie, that is MBW’s private favourite. (Ask your self truthfully, if it turned up within the decrease reaches of the Billboard Sizzling 100, would you bat an eyelid?)
Described as a ‘duet’ between AI and artist Willie Wartaal, the monitor’s lyric was largely generated by machine, and ends with the controversial, machine-created line: “We wish revolution, kill the federal government, kill the system!”
The Dutch group used Arran Lyon’s AI system to create a whole lot of melodies and bass traces, which they then fed into one other AI filter – Ashley Burgoyne’s Eurovision Hit Predictor – to floor the catchiest choices.
The three AI Music Contest judges stated in an announcement: “We have been amazed by the groups’ wide selection of modern approaches to utilizing AI of their artistic course of in creating AI Music Contest songs. Each track felt very private in numerous methods, and this displays how the creative imaginative and prescient of every of the groups drove how they collaborated with AI.
“Composing a track with AI is difficult, as a result of not solely do you will have all of the artistic challenges that include writing a track, however you additionally need to juggle with getting the machine studying proper. Working with machine studying is that this fixed push and pull, the place you strive your greatest to direct it in a sure path with the information you will have, priming it with your personal tune, after which it steers you in one other path.
“General, we have been delighted by the variety and collaboration inside groups, whose members… gave the viewers a glance into the thrilling way forward for human-AI co-creativity in music.”
AI Music Contest Judges inc Bytedance’s Ed Newton-Rex
“We see groups embracing this unpredictableness, listening up shut and discovering inspiration that in some circumstances fueled the entire story of the track. We see groups leveraging the firehose of concepts that machine studying generates, which frequently requires you to hear to an enormous variety of samples earlier than you discover your gem. Some groups approached this downside by creating one other mannequin that evaluates and ranks the machine studying output for them, whereas additionally being delicate to the moral implications of utilizing AI in songwriting.
“We’re inspired to see groups who may not have as a lot musical expertise earlier than discover their musical voice by way of using AI. General, we have been delighted by the variety and collaboration inside groups, whose members not solely pushed the boundaries of their private creativity, but additionally gave the viewers a glance into the thrilling way forward for human-AI co-creativity in music.”
You possibly can see the complete listing of AI Song Contest finalists through here, and might watch the complete present because it occurred under.
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