Google Interested in Developing Computer-Generated Musical Pieces

25 May

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Google’s team Magenta would work to develop computer- generated video, art and music pieces

Google is interested in putting back art in artificial intelligence. In the recent session at a 4 day tech and music festival Moogfest, in North Carolina city of Durham, a researcher working in the American search engine developer’s AI research project Google Brain Douglas Eck, disclosed details regarding a new team that will going to concentrate on exploring if computers can really create. The team, known as Magneta, will more publicly release at the beginning of June, but participants in Moogfest were given an idea of what is happening to work on.

Magneta will use the machine-learning engine Tensor Flow that the search organization established and opened up for the public in late last year, to find out whether AI technologies can be taught to develop original video, music or art pieces. This is not an easy task, provided that even the highly advanced AI systems are troubled a lot while copying the styles adopted by existing musicians as well as artists, let alone bringing completely new ideas at their own.

During a panel discussion, Eck conceded this by stating AI technologies are “very far from long narrative arcs.” But Magneta will intend to develop tools to let other researchers and his team, explore the computers’ creative potential. In a quite similar manner, the organization opened up TensorFlow, Douglas stated the group will offer its tools to the masses.

It will initially launch a simple program, which will let researchers import music data into TensorFlow from MIDI music files, which will help train their technologies train on musical information.

Eck’s team member Adam Roberts spoke to Quartz that on 1st June the team will begin posting more details regarding the resources it will generate, making addition of new software on its page GitHub, and posting daily updates to a blog. Adam also demonstrated a simple digital synthesizer program he had been developing, where an artificial intelligence could hear notes that he played.

The objective of the venture, Eck suggested, could well be to develop a technology that could develop a technology that could give “musical chills” to a listener with completely new music pieces regularly, as they sit hearing computer-generated music from the couch at their house. But he conceded it is probably that innovative creation, at least for the upcoming future, will yet involve human beings to a certain degree, as it is difficult to do programming of robots to be completely creative independent.

Douglas stated Magneta had been inspired from the rest of Google Brain ventures, like Google Deep Dream, where AI technologies were taught to do imaging of databases to “fill in the gaps” in images, making efforts to find out structures in pictures that were not necessarily in the pictures themselves.

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