WATCH | Looks like the robots are coming for your jobs, too, popular musicians.
Using its own artificial intelligence music-composing software, Sony has written a surprisingly great pop song. Called "Daddy's Car," the Beatles-influenced tune was released last week and is believed to be the first A.I.-created pop song ever.
How was it made?
Sony's Flow Machines software (built with the European Research Council) has been fed a vast library of songs to teach it about popular music. So when producer Benoit Carre requested it write a melody/harmony composition in the style of the most popular band ever, The Beatles, Flow Machines knew how.
Every musical note in "Daddy's Car" was written by the software's A.I., with Carre only penning the song's (strange) lyrics, performing the lead and backing vocal parts according to how they were arranged, and overseeing the audio mixing and mastering of the final cut.
WATCH | In case you've never heard a Beatles song (what?), here's one for reference.
A new hook to A.I.'s song-writing history
Sony, as well as Google and others, has had success in commissioning projects for self-writing music in the past, though most of the content was in the style of jazz or classical. Writing a hooky pop-song has always felt like another level of smarts, so "Daddy's Car" and "Mr Shadow" (Flow Machine's other pop song) are impressive in that regard.
Of course, nothing says "I'm music that was written by a computer" like an A.I.-made EDM song; that's the A.I. music style the Melomics project has been dabbling in for years.
The scary, robotic future of pop music?
Pop music has only just begun to shake the abuse of auto-tune, so you are well within your right to be skeptical of the rise of computer-written radio hits. But, let's be honest, if not for it being outed as written by a robot, you would have never known "Daddy's Car" wasn't a lost Beatles B-side.
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