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Music from Machines? Sony’s new laboratory for Artificial Music composes Music in all possible Styles

AI composes the melody and harmony and later a musician- produces, mixes, and writes lyrics for the track

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October 21, 2016:

Daddy’s Car” is the name of the first AI- generated music by the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. Yes, the first song generated by Artificial Intelligence.

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The Music Team of Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris was established in 1997 by François Pachet. This amazing team of Sony is associated with two main areas of music: the various features of interaction in music, and the challenges of tough music description. The intense research that is put into this since its creation has led to new modes of access to music, interaction with sound, and human interaction.

The Flow Machines software is designed to get its knowledge of music from a huge database of sheet music which has varied styles of songs and then writes that track after the style prompt given by a human composer. AI (Artificial intelligence) composes the melody and harmony and later a human musician- produces, mixes, and writes lyrics for the track.

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The music researchers at Sony have been researching and working on AI-generated music from years and they have previously used AI to create extraordinary jazz tracks. And now for the very first time the Sony Research Laboratory has come up with pop music generated by AI, and the results are majestic.

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The first song, Daddy’s Car is very catchy and its tune is a kind of memoir of “The Beatles.” French composer Benoît Carré was the human musician for the song.

Its second song, “Mr Shadow” was created in the style of Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, the American musicians.

That’s just the beginning, this generation of music through Artificial Intelligence has a long way to go. In 2017, Sony is gearing up to release a full album through AI.

– by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta

 

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Scripts that came to A.R Rahman were secondary

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Mumbai, Dec 19, 2017: Grammy and Oscar winning composer A.R Rahman says that in the last few years, he had not been offered many musical scripts where he could project his magic. He says his upcoming film “99 Songs” will be the answer to several questions.

Since the 1990s, Rahman has delivered hit songs like “Hamma hamma”, “Rangeela re”, “Chaiyya chaiyya” and “Jai ho”.

But if we look at some of his latest compositions, some believe that he has missed out in keeping the ‘Rahman magic’ alive.

Asked if he could find out the missing link in his latest work, Rahman told IANS here: “It also depends on what the director wants to do, like the problem that I dealt with in the last few years was that. All the films that came to me were different, where music was secondary.”

“The kind of music that you are talking about needs a certain conviction. Are they (filmmakers) coming to me with enough of that, to create good musical stories?”

He said that his upcoming production “99 Songs” would be the answer to the questions being raised. “The questions that you are asking, about me not being able to create such magic, the fact is, those kind of scripts are not coming anymore,” he added.

On producing films, he said: “There is a reason why we put so much effort to set out our production company. From here, I want to make musical stories and celebrate music ideas. So yes, in a way, in the last 25 years, my life has changed — from being a music composer to a visionary, from a writer to producer and film director,” said the artiste, who has earned the title ‘Mozart of Madras’.

The musician is currently performing in different Indian cities for his live gig A.R. Rahman Encore — The Concert in association with MTV, which celebrates 25 years of his journey as a composer.

Asked to choose his favourites, he said: “Choosing five songs is tough. I would say ‘Humma humma’, ‘Tu hi re’, ‘Maa tujhe salaam’, ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’, ‘Khwaja mere Khwaja’, but there are more.”

Which one is the closest reflection of his personality?

“I think all my compositions are the reflection of my personality and I am the combination of everything. I am funny, light-hearted when I spend time with family. And then there are times when I get into the zone of spirituality. I think such emotions and moods are there in all of us. At times, music takes us to different zones too,” he said.

Rahman has created compositions for filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker’s movies — “Lagaan”, “Swades” and “Jodhaa Akbar”, but failed to impress his fans with his last work in “Mohenjo Daro”.

“That story goes beyond our civilisation, to an era where we do not know that well about how the music was. And if you look at the story, it has got so many things happening in it. It was not a ‘Lagaan’ where the picture was clear. In ‘Mohenjo Daro’, Ashu tried something different. At least, we should appreciate that,” said the music maestro. (IANS)