Hey there, folks! We have a special treat for you tonight: a fresh band called The BITles, featuring Ringo Ram, George Algorithsson, Paul McCryption and John Digienon. Let’s give it up for their latest single ‘Daddy’s Car’!
Liked it? Well, you should know that the whole track was written by a machine. It was composed by Sony’s Flow Machines A.I. which has 13,000 songs fed into its database, including every musical genre and style. For each track, the harmony and melody are analyzed and fed into a huge algorithm that learned what makes a genre stand out from the others.
To demonstrate Flow Machines’ power, a human composer named Benoît Carré was asked to input a style (he chose ‘The Beatles’) and eventually got ‘Daddy’s Car’. He then arranged the composed the musical sheet that the A.I. had given him. The lyrics are also Carré’s work.
Previously, an A.I. wrote the script for a movie, so if you thought artists were spared by the incoming artificial intelligence revolution in the job market think again. But if you liked this track, wait ’till you hear the whole album slated for 2017. The album, the first to be written by an artificial intelligence, will feature various tracks spanning different genre. Another track made by Flowing Machines is composed in the style of American songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Check it out below.
So, what do you think? I’ve honestly listened to worse things made by humans.
Tibi is a science journalist and co-founder of ZME Science. He writes mainly about emerging tech, physics, climate, and space. In his spare time, Tibi likes to make weird music on his computer and groom felines.