This is an Elon Musk company that focuses on AI. MuseNet is a “a deep neural network that can generate 4-minute musical compositions in the style of 10 composers/bands...” I will give credit where credit is due, there are clips of about 30 seconds in which some parts sound like they could be in the style of Rachmaninov or Chopin. I imagine that was difficult to accomplish so kudos to them. For some reason, music seems to be the art of choice for machines to try to create. For example, the drum machine “is like playing with a real drummer, but you aren’t, it’s a machine!” I do not think creating music is the point in all of this, it seems more like a test bed. I know very little about AI but on the music front, it could use more hours in the practice room.
If there was one technological threat to musicians it was the player piano over 100 years ago. We survived.
“AI will save us or enslave us.” I feel like that quote captures the fringes of public thought on AI and I have heard guitarists enthusiastically think out loud about incorporating AI into amp modelers because that is what guitarists do.
What are your thoughts on AI and music? Is it productive? Convincing? Or neither of those things?