Google’s artificial intelligence program Magenta recently released a song called Drowned in The Sun, inspired by music band Nirvana’s former frontman Kurt Cobain.
Finally, a group of musicians and scientists, using artificial intelligence, completed the 10th symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven ‘s unfinished work.
Ahmed Elgammal, who is part of the team and is the director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Reutgers University, said that artificial intelligence itself is a work of art, and the way it produces music and learns about music is very similar to what it is now, and added:
The way AI generates music or learns about music is very similar to the way it works right now — you’re writing an email, for example. In the email, try to guess what the next word is for you. So in music, it tries to teach the AI how to predict what the next note will be. And by looking at lots and lots of music, the AI fundamentally can learn how to do that.
The team first met in Germany with a live audience in November 2019 to present an early test. During this meeting, the listeners were asked where artificial intelligence started, and it could not be distinguished which part belongs to artificial intelligence.
Next Saturday, more than two years after beginning this project, the team will finally release Beethoven ‘s completed “10th Symphony” to the world. The final version of the work will be published next week.