AI and the future of music

Last night’s 60 minutes featured a deep look at Google’s new AI program BARD. Frightening, yet compelling.

It got me thinking, if their AI has already read everything on the internet, and can create verse, stories, etc in seconds…What could it do for music?

‘Hey , BARD create a new Beatles like song from the Rubber Soul era, but have Paul Rodgers and Jack Bruce singing”.

“Hey BARD, create a song that will melt the heart of my new girlfriend”.


your ideas?


Being someone who has had a lot of truck with "mind machines" employing orgonite, rodin coil wrapped crystals, and square wave generators I can aver as to the reality of making people ill or weirded out by invisible EMF’s configured a certain way. Conversely, they can be made to feel exhilarated and "good." The Cuban embassy creep show did not require microwaves.

Part of the reason I hang here at Audiogon lies in wanting to find people of similar experience, such as yourself, who may have happened upon things that hint at electronic processes that might influence music perception in very unusual ways, or just explain something about music apprehension we have not yet figured out.

Maybe for movie soundtracks but i don't think it can ever imitate emotions effectively.  I liked Joe Walsh's response when asked if he was concerned about AI taking the place of musicians:  He said--"not worried at all--it'll never be able to destroy a hotel room" 😀 

We have nothing to be afraid of when it comes to AI.

It is our greatest creation so far and most likely our most natural successor.

It is so clever that we have to constantly redefine what it means to be human.

In fact I can recall a time when it was claimed that no machine could ever defeat a world chess champion.

Then there was Turing test where a human engages in a text-based conversation with both another human and a machine, and has to decide which one they believe is a human. If the judge cannot distinguish between the human and the machine based on the conversation, then the machine is said to have passed the Turing Test.

Well, I don’t think either of those 2 examples are relevant any longer.

I mean all this shouldn’t really come as any surprise should it? After all science fiction writers have been talking about the coming of AI for over a century now.

What to do?

Play the Luddite in a desperate bid for self survival or continue to play Dr Frankenstein?

A real dilemma, particularly for those of a religious persuasion.

Oh there are some that have much to fear.

We have nothing to be afraid of when it comes to AI.

So I'm surfing through Instagram and came upon a video of Joe Walsh. He shares why musicians should not be worried by AI.

"It's computers. It has nothing to do with music. It can't destroy a hotel room. It can't through a TV off the fifth floor into a pool and get it right in the middle. When AI knows how to destroy a hotel room, then I'll pay attention to it."