Friday, July 21, 2023



Driving home from work I was listening to the Jonesy and Amanda highlights from their morning radio show.

One of the items discussed was the issue of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the field of music. Very interesting and quite disturbing in many ways.


Some comments about the matter and issues . . .


AI-generated music is created by artificial intelligence using a series of complex algorithms. The music is not composed or performed by human musicians, but rather the entire musical piece is generated artificially by a machine.


AI can be used to compose new music, create unique mashups, and also help create robotic actors. The terrain in which artificial intelligence can be used to create new things is simply limitless, and the possibilities are endless – always with the aforementioned limits imposed by programming or human provision of information. AI is also capable of creating lyrics with predetermined emotionality, creating previously unknown musical genres, and exploring the boundaries of music.

20 January, 2023


If you want an example of what AI can do in music, have a look at a manipulation by one Dustin Bollard from his site “There I Ruined It” to show Johnny Cash singing the Barbie song. It's actually Bollard’s voice augmented by an AI voice model that's singing "I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world."

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It is the latest move in the music industry’s growing battle to prevent AIs from using its songs without licensing them. Behind these efforts to enforce copyright, the big worry is about how governments will balance the rights of AIs against human creativity.

In particular, the UK government is threatening to water down copyright laws to benefit tech companies at the expense of not only the music industry but also creative businesses like literature, films and photography.

April 15, 2023


While some argue that AI-generated music could potentially devalue human-made music by flooding the market with easily created compositions, diminishing the uniqueness and artistic value of human creativity, others don't agree. Opposing views believe that AI-generated music has the potential to be used for inspiration, collaboration, and enhancement in the creation of human-made music. Moreover, they believe that it can provide composers with new ideas, assist in generating complex compositions, or even contribute specific elements to a larger musical piece.

There's even the possibility that future pop songs could be written by AI, and that is sure to impact the music industry. But for now, we don't know how. We can only make assumptions based on our current experiences.

July 8, 2023


A leading British Music body has urged that governments must do more to protect creative industries, outlining a five-point plan as administrators gear up to tackle the lightning-fast emergence of generative AI tools.

From their submission:

“It is not acceptable for creators’ work or their identity to be used by AI developers without their consent.

Taking other people’s work without their permission contravenes basic principles of property rights, undermining both creator incomes and the economic model that has enabled the UK to build a world-leading music industry.

It’s vital that we do not allow some AI firms to crush the human creativity that is the beating heart and soul of our world-leading music industry.”


Final word to Joe Walsh of the Eagles:

“It’s computers. It has nothing to do with music. It can’t destroy a hotel room. It can’t throw a TV off the fifth floor into the pool and get right in the middle. When AI knows how to destroy a hotel room, then I’ll pay attention to it.”

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