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Robots are NOT taking over music … yet. All kidding aside, AI (artificial intelligence) is having a big impact across all industries and endeavors. But fear not because we’ve got some pointers on how to use AI for music instead of avoiding it at all creative costs.

The most important thing to remember is AI is a tool, not a human replacement. In fact, according to an Medium.com article, using AI in music creation dates back to the 1950s. Like any tool, learning how to use it can enhance your craft. Still feeling skeptical? Do you shun amplifiers, mixing consoles, or even the volume controls on electronic instruments … or electronic instruments themselves? Think of AI as the next advancement in music technology.

In order to proceed in a new era of content creation, we must have our eyes and ears open. Let’s consider a few areas where we can become more competent working alongside artificial intelligence.

EducAItion

Learning about the things we’re initially wary of or afraid of often reduces that concern. Same with AI. Get familiar with current AI tools and platforms. For example, take Sony’s Flow Machines composition tools. It can be used to freely generate various styles of melodies, according to the creator’s idea.

Google Magenta is an open-source project that’s been evolving since 2016. The AI platform provides tools and models for musicians and other artists to use machine learning in the creation of music. Open source means the code is made freely available to anyone (a.k.a. humans) so it can be used and modified. Note that you don’t have to be a computer programmer or code junkie to use these tools and platforms. If you’re not a techy, you still get the benefit of enjoying the results.

ExperimAInt

Do you know any accountants that refuse to use calculators or spreadsheet software? Would you trust them to do your taxes if they only used a pen and notepad? The message here is to try AI. Treat it like a partner and collaborator.

One of the many benefits is AI can access vast amounts of data to generate rhythms, melodies, etc. Add, modify, and personalize what AI generates to create something unique. AI content can also serve as a launch point or inspiration for your musical compositions. Just as an author researches other writers for content, style, and structure before starting a new project, so can the musician use AI.

Look AIround

Don’t know where to get started? Start with your human friends and fellow musicians. Find out how they’re using AI for their content. Also, ask them to be a sounding board (pun intended) for your AI creations. In fact, you could collaborate with other musicians and use AI together. If you have a fan base, ask them to comment on your projects via your website or social media channels. Not only will you get important feedback, but you’ll also boost your marketing efforts and subsequent engagement.

Additionally, there is no shortage of ideas, suggestions, and commentary about using AI via video channels like YouTube. Type “using AI in music” and voila! Broaden your search online for umpteen amounts of other videos, blogs, and information about AI tools and platforms. Stay on top of the latest news and trends and be one of the first to try new offerings.

Of course, if you’re producing music for commercial purposes, it’s important to be aware of ethical considerations such as copyright issues or “deep faking” a famous performer’s voice for your own compositions. But like almost all technology, AI for music is here to stay and will likely continue to evolve. Use it as a tool and build beautiful music together.