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A music album called IAMAI, which released on August 21st, is the first that’s entirely composed by an artificial intelligence.
A New Kind of Composer
“Break Free” is the first sone released in a new album by Taryn Southern. The song, indeed, the entire album, features an artist known as Amper—but what looks like a typical collaboration between artists is actually much more than that.
Taryn is no stranger to the music and entertainment industry. She is a singer and digital storyteller who has amassed more than 500 million views on YouTube, and she has over 450 thousand subscribers. On the other hand, Amper is making his debut…except he’s (it’s?) not a person.
Amper is an artificially intelligent music composer, producer, and performer. The AI was developed by a team of professional musicians and technology experts, and it’s the the very first AI to compose and produced an entire music album. The album is called I AM AI, and the featured single is set to release on August 21, 2017.
Check out the song “Break Free” in the video below:
As film composer Drew Silverstein, one of Amper’s founders, explained to TechCrunch, Amper isn’t meant to act totally on its own, but was designed specifically to work in collaboration with human musicians: “One of our core beliefs as a company is that the future of music is going to be created in the collaboration between humans and AI. We want that collaborative experience to propel the creative process forward.”
That said, the team notes that, contrary to the other songs that have been released by AI composers, the chord structures and instrumentation of “Break Free” are entirely the work of Amper’s AI.
Not Just Music Production
Ultimately, Amper breaks the model followed by today’s music-making AIs. Usually, the original work done by the AI is largely reinterpreted by humans. This means that humans are really doing most of the legwork. As the team notes in their press release, “the process of releasing AI music has involved humans making signiﬁcant manual changes—including alteration to chords and melodies—to the AI notation.”
That’s not the case with Amper. As previously noted, the chord structures and instrumentation is purely Amper’s; it just works with manual inputs from the human artist when it comes to style and overall rhythm.
For example, an AI called Aiva has been taught to compose classical music, like how DeepBach was designed to create music inspired by Baroque artist Johann Sebastian Bach. With this in mind, the album is likely just the first step into a new era…an era in which humans will share artistry (and perhaps even compete creatively) with AI.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify what songs were made by Amper and rearranged by Taryn.
I found this photograph one day and vowed to find out more about its origins. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information to fill in the gaps, but I believe there is an annual Biofashion show in Cali, Colombia. Designers make exciting creations composed only from plants, natural and recycled materials. Quite stunning!
I was happily surprised to hear from Dr. Michael Leach in Australia when he came across The STEAM Hub and sent us his compliments about our site. We rely on the internet so much these days that occasionally we forget how remarkable the technology is and the gifts that it brings. Thank you Dr. Leach for reaching out and sharing your love of STEAM with us. We are glad to meet you!
Dr. Leach is a self-described health researcher, number cruncher, poet and all-around STEAM advocate. It was kind of him to provide one of his science haiku’s to share with our readers.
Dedicated to all those who have worked at or supported science centers, especially the Discovery Science & Technology Centre, in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, here is Michael’s poem together with photos of a science Lego display from the University of South Australia and the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria.
The Year Up Program will be on the Glendale Community College campus next week on May 8th and May 9th inside the Student Union from 9 am – 1 pm.
- The program is for students 18-24 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
- Of low to moderate income and US citizen, permanent resident, or have employment authorization card to participate in program
- Must be available 5 days a week Mon-Fri for the full year of the program
- Have not obtained a bachelor’s degree
- Students can earn monthly stipend of up to $600 and up to 30 college credits.
- They will learn Business Operations or Computer Programming, and Professional Skills
- 6 month paid professional internship with career opportunities
- Begin a career making $32,000 a year while completing a degree
YEAR UP STUDENTS ARE TRAINED FOR INTERN ROLES IN:
- Cyber Security
- SharePoint Administration
- QA Testing
- Customer Support/Service Desk
- Network Administration Support
- Desktop Support
- Business Operation roles requiring Microsoft Office skills