Generative AI tools are already widely used to create text and visual content, and are increasingly being re-shared to the web. But what about audio and music built by AI systems?
I’ve seen several examples of this. A recent viral track featuring Drake and The Weeknd was actually made entirely on AI with no artist involvement, which hints at future disruptions for the music industry as well, but the industry itself strongly disagrees with this.
But there are other ways to use generative AI tools to facilitate all new types of music creation. This is the focus of Meta’s latest generative AI model called “MusicGen”.
MusicGen creates all new music based on song and instrument style samples built into backend generative elements using text or melody prompts.
Basically, you can tell MusicGen what type of track you want, or you can (in theory) hum a tune, and it will output variations of that audio.
(A sample of the above can be heard here)
The MusicGen model has been trained on 20,000 hours of music, including both full track and individual instrument samples, to provide a variety of inputs for our AI creations. It’s not widely available yet (but you can check out the demo here), but it’s going to have a big impact in the future, offering new ways to come up with original music, and approaches for musicians, marketers, and others. It may change.
As with all AI works, it may also face legal issues, especially if the almighty music industry intervenes.
As we mentioned earlier, the music industry now has an entire team dedicated to scrutinizing piracy on the web and is already pushing to stop the unauthorized use of content, including big name artists. Not just simulations, but sampling of content they own. and truck. Ultimately, new regulations may be introduced to stop systems like MusicGen from working, but based on the samples used, it seems difficult to stop them in a legal sense. I think
This essentially means that sooner or later AI-generated songs will be heard as Top 40 hits, but we may not know it. But of course, the usability of such tools goes far beyond basic duplication. , and enter a whole new realm of music options in one form or another.
Is it the future we want? It doesn’t matter, whichever direction you go, it will eventually open up new avenues for all sorts of people to create their own music for different purposes.
Find out more about Meta’s “MusicGen” project here.