Saturday, September 3, 2022

Artificial intelligence starts to hit the right note

In the field of music, artificial intelligence is used both to analyse and to create music. For almost any musical piece AI-tools can already extract information about melody, harmony, rhythm, emotion and style. AI-systems are also starting to improvise on stage together with top musicians.


Classical composer Igor Stravinsky once said: “I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it”. A perfect expression of how deeply human, how deeply emotional music is. What should a computer, however clever, then be doing in the field of art that most directly reaches into the human soul? The answer is: surprisingly much.

Roughly speaking, artificial intelligence can contribute to analysing music and to creating music. Thanks to machine learning, a subdiscipline of AI, both fields have made great progress over the last decade.

For this article I interviewed Emilia Gomez and GĂ©rard Assayag.

The full article can be read here.