Does AI have a place in the modern music industry?
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to be powerful enough to spearhead the future of the music industry. At least that’s what David Guetta believes.
The opportunities which AI offers are endless, where the only limitations to the tool are the users themselves and what they ask the software to churn out.
It feels like in today's modern age, it is just something that cannot be escaped, where university exams can be passed by utilising it in a particular way and now it can be also be designed to make the next viral banger.
Taking data from algorithms allows the software to learn automatically from patterns or features in the data, meaning it will inevitably become more attuned to the way music is composed.
Different AI software can create lyricism, beat and mixing, with it even stretching to create the cover picture of the song.
You can even draw your favourite artists against a beat from a polar opposite genre, the possibilities truly are endless.
This use of the software has been epitomised by artists such as FN Meka, YONA and Grimes, where their output is solely relied upon by AI.
Therefore, this can remove the laborious task of composition, refinement and editing which will ultimately save musicians hours.
Yet the biggest worry for the industry is that this may make musicians and creators obsolete within the coming years, plunging them into unemployment.It can have the potential where the road map of music is one which just involves a robot.
On the other hand, people may believe that this can carve new sounds and genres, paving a path for a creative golden age.
This has been something which was echoed by French producer David Guetta, who took to Twitter to share his new track with ‘Emin-AI-em’.
Let me introduce you to… Emin-AI-em 👀 pic.twitter.com/48prbMIBtv— David Guetta (@davidguetta) February 3, 2023
The Brits Producer of the Year explained that he got the AI software to create lyrics in the style of Eminem, which was then deep faked using an additional AI software then overlaid onto a beat created by Guetta himself.
And the result is pretty spectacular.
Sadly, Guetta will not commercially release this track, but it was rather done “as a joke”, in order “to open the discussion and bring awareness”.
Speaking to the BBC, Guetta commented about the software by saying: "I'm sure the future of music is in AI. For sure. There's no doubt.
“But as a tool, nothing is going to replace taste.
"What defines an artist is, you have a certain taste, you have a certain type of emotion you want to express, and you're going to use all the modern instruments to do that.
“I think really AI might define new musical styles. I believe that every new music style comes from a new technology.”
With the software’s current abilities, it can be used as a springboard in creating tracks when the creative flow has bled dry.It can improve efficiency where less time is spent working on the perfect beat, allowing greater time for refining the compositions.
It can improve efficiency where less time is spent working on the perfect beat, allowing greater time for refining the compositions.
However, emotion, creativity and passion are something which just cannot be replicated or recreated in AI. At the end of the day it is just a couple of ones and zeroes.
Currently speaking, AI is just something that cannot be avoided considering the very few limitations it holds. The robots seem set to stay, and will only keep gaining popularity. But hopefully not become sentient.