AI Musicians Reach For The Top Of The Charts

Tell the truth - are your favorite musicians flesh and blood artists?

Generative music is already a reality, and it’s enabling devices in ways that are changing how music is both consumed and composed. Hatsune Miku, a singing voice synthesizer, has released more than 100,000 released songs and performed in sold-out 3D concerts worldwide, has 900,000 fans on Facebook and corporate collaborations with Sega, Toyota USA, Google and more. Last year, Endel, a Berlin-based startup, partnered with Warner Music Group, which signed the startup’s algorithm to a major music label deal, the first of its kind. And just this month, three-time platinum recording artist Travis Scott, whose 2018 LP Astroworld gave him his first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and a Grammy nomination, had his sound duplicated — the track is Jack Park Canny Dope Man — by an artificial intelligence machine trained on the rapper’s music.

In his 1953 short story Virtuoso, Herbert Goldstone writes about a robot that wants to learn classical music:

"Mozart? Chopin?" The duralloy sphere that was Rollo's head shone stark and featureless, its immediate surface unbroken but for twin vision lenses. "The terms are not included in my memory banks."

"No, not for yours, Rollo," the Maestro said softly. "Mozart and Chopin are not for vacuum tubes and fuses and copper wire. They are for flesh and blood and human tears..."

"I should like to be taught how to produce these notes on the piano. I request that you feed the correlation between those dots and the levers of the panel into my memory banks."
(Read more about the robot pianist)

If you enjoy robot musicians, turn on some of that electronic music and peruse these stories:

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Hexapod Robot Scuttles Through Beethoven
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Melomics Avant Garde Computer Musician
   'Rollo sat at the keyboard, prim, inhuman, rigid, twin lenses focused somewhere off into the shadows...'- Herbert Goldstone, 1953.
Jazz AI Compliments Of DARPA
   'I request that you feed the correlation between those dots and the levers of the panel into my memory banks.' - Herbert Goldstone, 1953.
Ardu McDuino, Bagpipe Robot
   'Rollo sat at the keyboard, prim, inhuman, rigid, twin lenses focused...' - Herbert Goldstone, 1953.
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