Music AI: The melody of a “brave new world”

Published on May 2, 2019

The music industry has begun its flirtation with emerging tech. Through AI platforms such as, Amper Music, IBM Watson Beat,  Google Magenta’s NSynth Super and Spotify’s Creator Technology Research Lab, artificial intelligence is being used to co-produce albums, auto-populate sounds, create music and record lyrics.

In 2017, musician Taryn Southern began using AI to compose entire albums. The experience enabled her to simplify the production process, effortlessly bridge gaps in creativity that were due to lack of music theory and co-create a new musical language.

In spatial computing Magic Leap partnered with Sigur Ros to produce an audiovisual mixed reality experience called Tónandi. All of this points to a deeper level of human-artificial communication.

Collaboration between the arts and advanced technology is an increasingly intimate relationship. Really, it is a relationship of self-intimacy; knowing oneself through the digitalisation of one’s art. Creating one’s own unique expression. The more deeply the artist goes into their craft, whilst working with an AI for example, the more seamless the integration for that AI.

In other words, the AI learns from the artist, increasing in sensitivity, which in turn creates a more realistic artistry, whether audio or visual or any other nuance of experience.

This is a collaboration of mutual empowerment.  Emerging technologies assist in the evolution of human intelligence, deconstructing the status quo and laying the ground for upgrade.

A Legal Upgrade

The burgeoning field of “music AI” affects legal repercussions concerning authorship, copyright, trademark protections, incentive to create — to name a few.  At the same time that the creative element is being expanded and augmented, the underlying structure that goes some way to define what music is,  is equally being disrupted. The way everything fits together is being challenged; we want more. 

The law cannot keep up with, or contain the ever-expanding landscape of emerging tech, however it too is going through the same process of introspection. We want all systems to provide for humanity’s benefit at the highest level, making space, rather than keeping everything in a fixed position. If something can be disrupted then it is not solid. Whatever can be disrupted, can be so because it is not aligned with our optimum capacity as a species. 

All artistry is a gift, there is no ownership.

The Emerging Sphere

Emerging technologies are supporting us to align our systems with the qualities of humanity that are of the highest brilliance. Artistry that creates something new, truly. 

The flawless embrace of art and its augmentation coalesce in sublime mutuality. 

Art isn’t simply the notes, melody, brush strokes or designs—the artistic experience includes all the human structuring that we subscribe to as a species. This includes the legal structure for example, as well as all belief systems. These emerging technologies are supporting us to redefine everything we have taken to be definitive, to go beyond perimeters and boundary that do not support our increased capacity for benefit.  impacting creativity; the way it is given and received.

As a result we expand out of the self-involved creative focus, deepen into what it is to be human-augmented, and allow ourselves to be played…  like a violin.

Esther Lancaster is a Technology Columnist at Grit Daily News. For ten years she has focused on ethics in artificial intelligence and the upcoming merger of humans and A.I. Lancaster speaks globally at conferences, assisting with the development of tech predicated on ethical infrastructure.

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