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What happens to the human musician when artificial intelligence can also produce music?

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In the future, the performer that you see behind the decks at a mega festival might bear a physical composition more similar to the decks themselves than to human DNA.

While dance music fans will not see artists like Axwell ^ Ingrosso replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) any time soon, the role that AI will play in the context of the music industry can only be expected to grow as musical AI’s develop at a rapid pace, forging its own niche as a revolutionary new field.

AI startups have gained traction, receiving funding from major industry entities like Sony Music and Warner Music Group. The Los Angeles-based Techstars Music startup, supported by the aforementioned major labels, notably launched two AI startups this year, Amper Music and Popgun. Abbey Road Red is another player in the AI music game, a startup that seeks to form connections between new tech companies and the music industry.

Yet Techstars and Abbey Road Red do not constitute the sole active startups invested in the production of AI music — Google and Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories have similar projects in their arsenals.

The profusion of companies and startups with AI music interests have led many to compare the ability of AI music-making machines with that of living, breathing musicians, leading the question to be posed that “if machines can create music, what does that mean for professional human musicians?”

Ed Newton-Rex, the CEO of Jukedeck, another company active in the AI music field, emphasizes that the music generated by such machines is not intended to compete with that produced by human artists. “It’s a bit of a false competition,” Newton-Rex remarks, “…The aim [for AI music] is not ‘will this get better than X?’ but ‘will it be useful to people, will it help them.’” But Newton-Rex’s assertion has not completely dispelled the sense of rivalry between AI music and human produced music, given the depth of artificial intelligence as a whole. Its lightning progression taken into account, artificial intelligence could very well surpass human intelligence at some distant point.

Newton-Rex’s Jukedeck, however, exemplifies the “useful” quality of AI music. Jukedeck produces a song dependent on an elected tempo, length, and tone, selling royalty-free licenses on the songs for $0.99 for individual or small businesses, and $21.99 for more prominent companies. Jukedeck is an efficient shortcut to music engineering for those seeking simple music samples, like background music for a YouTube video.

As in the case of Jukedeck, AI music is currently a tool for musicians, not a replacement.

Via: EDM Tunes

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