AI Popstars: A new era of songwriting? | 18/04/23


In recent years, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has led to some incredible advancements in the world of music. With machine learning algorithms and natural language processing techniques, AI is now able to generate music compositions that are highly realistic and indistinguishable from those created by human musicians. 

This week, an artist who goes by the name ‘Ghostwriter’ released an AI written song called “Heart on My Sleeve” has amassed over 250,000 Spotify streams and 10 million views on TikTok. This song has gained such popularity due to the fact it emulates the voices of huge pop stars, Drake and the Weeknd. However, today the AI song has been  removed from streaming platforms due to a copyright claim from Universal Music Group.

What does this mean for the future of music, and how will it impact musicians and the industry as a whole?

First and foremost, it’s important to note that AI-generated music is not a replacement for human creativity. While AI can generate music that sounds like it was created by humans, it lacks the emotional depth and artistic vision that comes from a human mind. Instead, AI-generated music is more like a tool or a collaborator, helping musicians to explore new ideas and push the boundaries of what’s possible in music.

One of the biggest benefits of AI-generated music is its ability to assist with the creative process. By using machine learning algorithms to analyze existing music and identify patterns and trends, AI can help musicians to generate new ideas and expand their musical vocabulary. This can be particularly useful for artists who are struggling with writer’s block or looking to experiment with new styles and genres.

AI can also help musicians to save time and resources in the studio. Rather than spending hours tweaking melodies and arrangements, AI can quickly generate multiple versions of a song, giving musicians more time to focus on the creative aspects of their work. This can be particularly useful for producers and composers who work on tight deadlines and need to produce high-quality music quickly.

However, there are also concerns about the impact of AI on musicians and the music industry. Some fear that AI-generated music could lead to a loss of jobs and opportunities for human musicians, particularly those working in the session musician or backing band space. There are also concerns about the impact of AI on music ownership and copyright, as it’s not always clear who owns the rights to AI-generated music and how it can be used.

Despite these concerns, the rise of AI-generated music is a promising development for musicians and the industry as a whole. By embracing AI as a tool and collaborator, musicians can push the boundaries of what’s possible in music and create truly innovative and groundbreaking compositions. With AI at their side, the future of music is brighter and more exciting than ever before.

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