Listening to DeepComposer
I remember the scene from the Ray Kurzweil documentary where a young Ray talks about how he created a music composing application.
That scene immediately came to mind when I read about DeepComposer. The tool is more of a way to flex AWS’ capabilities in machine learning, though it seems like an off-the-beaten-track way of demonstrating it.
There are many methods that can be used for composed accompaniment for instruments, ML being just one of them. Music follows preset rules and patterns and its possible to program for these. GarageBand has auto accompaniment.
The holy grail for music has been a machine that can detect whether a song will be a hit. About six years ago, there was a project that was able to do this to some success after learning from 20 years of Billboard top songs.
The next step is to be able to create the hit. I think that’s still some time away as taste acts like the market and building a hit based on the hits that out that can seem to alter its appeal.
Maybe next year’s announcement at AWS will be DeepHitMaker.