From Fact Magazine comes the first pop songs composed entirely by computer using artificial intelligence (AI) programs. Now of course the machine had to be programmed; otherwise it would just emit random combinations of sounds and noises. And, as Turing predicted, it couldn’t write comprehensible lyrics, either; those came from a human. As the site notes:
The song, which is called ‘Daddy’s Car’, was composed by an AI system called Flow Machines.
The Flow Machines software got its music knowledge from a huge database of sheet music with songs in varying styles and wrote that track after being given a style prompt from a human composer. The melody and harmony was composed by AI and then a human musician, French composer Benoît Carré, produced, mixed and wrote lyrics for the track.
‘Daddy’s Car’, which you can hear below, is expected to be on an album of songs entirely composed by AI due out in 2017.
This one is said to be composed “in the style of the Beatles”. Well, yes it is, but it isn’t anywhere near as good as anything the Beatles ever did—except, perhaps, Octopus’s Garden. Still, it’s okay, and I have to say it’s at least as good as a lot of the autotuned, repetitive, soulless crap produced by today’s pop stars. It’s clear that, like classical music and opera, rock has run its course. It’s equally clear that it’s a long way before computers will even come close to replacing human composers.
Here’s another AI-composed song, “Mr. Shadow,” described like this:
“Mister Shadow” is composed in the style of American songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the songs, and wrote the lyrics.
Now this one just sucks! George Gershwin and Duke Ellington my tuchas! It sounds more like a mashup of Rudy Vallee and Davie Bowie. But feel free to disagree.