Everyone is marveling nowadays about how AI is going to change our lives, and how many artists and musicians are going to find themselves jobless in the next decade or so. Although it is scary to see the results of a machine, like DALL-E2 or Chat GPT2, when asked to whip together an “image of Cat sleeping on a piano in the style of Picasso”, I can confidently say that we are decades away from worrying about AI taking over musicians and studio engineer’s jobs.
AI technology is being used to write songs, produce tracks, and even market music. But while some believe that this could enhance the creative process of making music, others fear that it will replace human creativity altogether. In this blog post, we’ll explore both sides of this argument and discuss what implications AI has for music-making in the future.
On one hand, AI can be used to automate certain music production aspects, making it easier for composers to create and experiment with music. By using algorithms that generate music based on certain parameters, songwriters can quickly try out different ideas without having to start from scratch each time. Similarly, AI technology can provide a bird’s-eye view of music trends to music producers, making it easier for them to identify potential hits.
On the other hand, there are those who argue that AI technology fails to capture the true essence of music-making: human creativity. While AI can generate music automatically, it often lacks the emotion and soul that comes with music created by humans – which I totally agree with.
How AI is being used in music, from songwriting to production and marketing
Artificial Intelligence is transforming the music industry, from songwriting to production and marketing. AI algorithms can assist music creators with everything from creating melodies to generating lyrics and personalized recommendations for individual tastes.
With a few short instructions, the user can ask the software to generate a beat that goes with a chord progression, and then add a melody on top of it – all that without having to have much knowledge about music theory.
AI-driven music production is also becoming increasingly popular, with companies like Spotify experimenting with AI music producers. These AI music producers are even toppping the charts now with hundreds of thousands of listeners every month!
Even AI-based marketing tools are being used by labels and music artists to target their music to the right audience. With sophisticated AI analytics tools, music makers can now customize ads based on a user’s listening habits and interests and target music to more specific audiences.
In addition, music streaming services are using AI to personalize music recommendations as well as curate playlists. Spotify and Apple music both use AI algorithms to create personalized music playlists for their users.
Creating New Opportunities for Musicians with AI
It’s not all scary in the land of AI – AI is also creating a new wave of opportunities for musicians, allowing them to explore soundscapes and musical styles in ways that were previously impossible. AI algorithms can identify patterns in music composition to uncover novel melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic ideas. AI-assisted songwriting tools can suggest musically correct chord progressions and provide advice on countering writer’s block. AI-enabled marketing automation allows artists to reach vast audiences with ease, offering the potential for greater exposure than ever before. With the integration of AI into the production of music, it has become easier for musicians to create more music, faster.
But how does this music sound? Well, take a listen here and tell me what you think.
As you can hear, Generative AI music is pretty immature at this stage. Still, this is a great start to what could later be generative orchestration. Imagine you just play a simple melody, and the AI creates the proper orchestration for each instrument. Pretty scary!
AI is also enabling musicians to explore and utilize sounds from different instruments, samples, and recordings that previously were not possible. In marketing, AI-driven music graphs can help identify similar tracks and producers for collaboration purposes. The effect of AI on music is already being felt, demonstrating its potential to revolutionize the way we create and enjoy music.
Are We going to lose our jobs?
Many people may be concerned that advances in AI technology will lead to humans losing their creative control over music production.
But in reality, there’s nothing to worry about – after all, robots can’t make any music without us humans providing them with the raw ingredients! Furthermore, AI can serve as an invaluable tool that provides musicians with new ideas and inspiration, allowing for more creativity than ever before.
So don’t fear the rise of AI; instead, embrace it as a way to explore new musical possibilities and create masterpieces that are truly one-of-a-kind!
AI technology can also help to decrease the amount of time needed for music production. By automating certain tasks, AI frees up more time for musicians to focus on the creative aspect of writing and recording music; this not only increases efficiency but also allows for more experimentation without worrying about time constraints. In addition, advances in AI technology can provide insight into user preferences and trends, allowing musicians to tailor their music to the target audience’s tastes. Ultimately, rather than replace humans in creating music, AI is helping them become even better at what they do- creating masterpieces that echo with originality, emotion and passion.
It’s clear that AI will not replace human creativity in music anytime soon. Though technology can provide helpful tools to aid musicians with production and experimentation, the actual process of creating music will remain a human endeavor. As long as musicians keep their passions strong and continue to innovate, AI will simply be another tool they can use to help them create even more beautiful music.
As we move forward into the future, AI technology may become more prevalent in our lives. But this does not mean that human creativity in music will be diminished – instead, it will provide us with new ways for musicians to express themselves and broaden their horizons. Through AI, musicians can explore and experiment with new sounds and styles, furthering their ability to produce amazing works of art that captivate our emotions and inspire us to dream.
Here at Mello Studio, we love talking about music and technology. If you need any help on how to utilize technology in your music, contact us today and we will be more than happy to assist you.