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Use of AI in the Music Business Featured

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Music has and will always be an important part of society as long as human beings exist. However, as society changes in many aspects, music also evolves to meet its new needs and demands. For quite a while now, AI has been a buzzword in the technology space. It is increasingly becoming a talk of almost every industry primarily due to its ability to offer automation services, ease responsibilities and offer innovative workflows. The entry of this new technology into the music industry is important due for a few reasons. Although to some it may sound like cheap science fiction, it is true that we can have robots capable of creating songs, playing music and AI-enhanced robots writing song lyrics. Such practices are not new in the music industry.

Since 1951, the music industry has been trying to leverage on AI. The first time when AI entered into the music industry began when Alan Turing, a computer scientist recorded computer-generated melodies. Although the recording was filled with various disturbances, it was an important step towards developing an AI-enabled music business. Nowadays, AI trains itself to analyze various composition types through reinforcement learning, an approach which is a massive improvement from the time of Alan Turing. Through learning continuously, this technology is capable of extracting the characteristics of a music thesis in its entirety. You might think that the ability of AI to compose different innovative pieces of music is a big achievement, but its ability to write lyrics is even cooler than you can imagine. By training AI models with a large number of datasets that contain random music lyrics and compositions, AI can easily write music lyrics and make compositions.

Although some people have ill-advised opinions about AI, thinking it will replace artists, the truth is actually the opposite. While some may see it as a threat to creativity and musicians, it can play a crucial role in the music business which may end up being highly advantageous; if properly applied of course. In fact, AI may help musicians and employees with their work. For example, as indicated by the early manifestations, AI can satisfy the ever-increasing demand for music and promote understanding of what listeners want. In the current big data era, AI can help musicians understand the music market, and in the process develop music that’s in demand and has the capacity to reach people who actually want to listen.

The experience of the listener is an area that has suffered. When it comes to the music audience, there are many ways in which their experiences can be enhanced and revolutionized altogether. With cutting-edge tech such as AI, live performances can be taken to the next level by the artist and in the end will enhance the listener’s experience. This increases the musicians’ chances of success. This technology has also made it easy for music streaming platforms to sell their music as the listeners can simply hum a song to find the artist who sang it. Similarly, AI and technology in general will bring a lot of difference in the music industry through education. With different technologies, music students have many tools which not only allow them to stay connected but also assure them of space for collaboration on different projects.

In summation, AI is changing the music industry making it easy for stakeholders in this sector to carry out various activities. As technology changes, it is expected that the music industry will change as well to allow listeners and viewers to experience the best that is made possible by technology.

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Scott Koegler

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