People often question whether machines and artificial intelligence have surpassed humans. However, despite all the advances researchers have made in the field, most AI models still lack creativity. However, OpenAI’s music generator is very creative with music and can create songs in as many as 15 different styles with 10 instruments to imitate even the greatest composers of the past, like Mozart.
OpenAI’s music generator is called MuseNet, and it uses a deep neural network trained on a large set of MIDI files. The music sources include jazz, pop, rock, African, Indian and Arabic music styles. The model was trained on music which played for a long time, enabling it to understand the context of some songs and then to write music or predict the next bit.
“We’ve created MuseNet, a deep neural network that can generate 4-minute musical compositions with 10 different instruments, and can combine styles from country to Mozart to the Beatles,” a press release states.
Researchers provide MuseNet a short section of music, and then it follows the same style. As time goes on, AI predicts the next bit of the music, causing it to flow slowly from the original. This software isn’t only good for parties; it can also be used by DJs and other artists who can use assistance with writing songs. However, it’s important to be careful with such music because most artists copyright their songs, so using AI in music production could easily have some legal consequences.
“As a classically trained pianist, I’m particularly excited to see that MuseNet is able to understand the complex harmonic structures of Beethoven and Chopin,” MuseNet Project Lead Christine Payne told TechCrunch. “ I’m working now with a composer who plans to integrate MuseNet into his own compositions, and I’m excited to see where the future of Human/AI co-composing will take us.”
OpenAI’s music generator isn’t the non-profit organization’s first major project. The organization has been backed by many big names including Elon Musk, who recently left the organization. It has also been behind many great projects, including the AI which beat professional Dota 2 gamers and the controversial text generator which captured headlines because it was able to write highly-convincing articles which could be used to spread propaganda and false information.
You can easily test OpenAI’s music generator on its website. The press release the organization posted contains a plethora of songs which have already been generated and are available for listening. You can also learn how the system works in depth. According to TechCrunch, MuseNet will be online around the middle of May. After that, the publication says, it will be partially open-sourced.