In time for the New Year, a nightclub in Prague called Karlovy Lazne Music Club debuted a robot disc jockey named DJ Kuka.
Music has always been at the cutting edge of technology so it’s no surprise that artificial intelligence and machine learning are pushing its boundaries.
JESSE ENGEL IS playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ—18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century rhythm and blues. Then he drags a marker across his laptop screen. Suddenly, the instrument is somewhere else between a clavichord and a Hammond.
Algorithms get a bad press. Once an obscure computing term for a sequence of steps, the word has acquired a sinister connotation in the era of Big Data. We imagine algorithms enmeshing us, invisibly shaping our behaviour as they process information about us.
There’s nothing stopping a machine designed in our image from performing at least as well as humans in virtually any task. If you’re a skeptic, look at what a company from Luxemburg called Aiva Technologies is doing.
Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that digests whatever keyboard melodies you give it and tries to respond in kind. The neat tool is called AI Duet, and it’s part of an ongoing push from Google’s Creative Lab division to help the public familiarize themselves with AI.
Drones were a big part of this year’s Super Bowl halftime show for the first time ever. Hundreds of the devices helped Lady Gaga kick her show off, presenting a colorful, swirling backdrop as she stood on the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium.
The best Super Bowl halftime shows leave indelible memories, be it a notorious wardrobe malfunction, that goofy Left Shark, or every last second of Beyoncé’s two appearances. It’s too soon to say whether anything Lady Gaga did tonight will resonate, but at least she offered something new: An army of dancing drones.
Doppler Labs is hoping to improve the experience for music and sports audiences.Wireless ear-bud maker Doppler Labs has partnered with six organizations to bring its Here One “augmented reality listening” to sporting events, museums, concert halls, and more.
AI are often seen as cold, calculating machines, devoid of any warmth or humanity. One way to make AI more relatable and human-like could be encouraging them to take part in human activities like making music.
Using AI is one of the geekiest ways to make tunes, and has been around since the 80s. It’s a thriving area of research with dedicated academic conferences. And with the recent boom in machine learning, it also means the quality of music created by AI seems to be getting better too.
Google Play Music, Google’s music streaming service, is getting smarter. An update to the Google Play Music app will kick in a new feature that can predict what you want to hear next.
In fact, Google is so confident in the app’s accuracy, that it completely revamped the welcome screen on Play Music so you can just tap to start listening to a playlist suited for you based on the time, your location, and a variety of other factors.