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Google’s New AI System MusicLM Can Create Human-Like Songs

With its system being trained on over 28,000 hours of music and it can produce complex high-fidelity compositions.

AI

Google’s New AI System MusicLM Can Create Human-Like Songs

With its system being trained on over 28,000 hours of music and it can produce complex high-fidelity compositions.

Google has developed what some say is a groundbreaking use of artificial intelligence (AI) — a system called MusicLM that can generate music from text descriptions.

While this isn’t the first case of AI being used to develop music, it is one of the most advanced to date, with no limit on genres and the ability to produce high-fidelity and complex compositions.

According to the systems white paper, MusicLM was trained on 28,000 hours of music, allowing it to create songs that sound similar to those made by human artists.

The system can also build on existing melodies, develop a “story” from multiple descriptions, and generate music based on specific genres or styles.

MusicLM is also able to generate music based on photos and captions, as well as produce songs based on designations of artist skill level and specific instruments — as seen in these examples shared by Twitter user ProductHunt.

However, despite its impressive abilities, MusicLM is not without flaws, as first reported on by TechCrunch.

Some of the samples produced have a distorted quality, with vocals being the most obvious area for improvement. Google researchers also acknowledge the ethical challenges posed by the system, including the risk of incorporating copyrighted material from training data into the generated songs.

During an experiment, the team found that one percent of the music generated was directly replicated from the training data, which is a primary reason the system will not see a public release — at least not anytime soon.

While no release is planned, Music LM has already raised significant legal concerns, mainly, the potential violation of music copyright. Critics argue that training AI systems on copyrighted material constitutes fair use, and the use of MusicLM commercially is uncharted territory.

Though these concerns might not hold up in practice, as emerging AI use cases are largely a new realm and will need updated laws to accompany them. In essence, the works produced from platforms like MusicLM might be considered derivatives, making it difficult for the source song to challenge.

While there is a potential opportunity to revolutionize the music industry in the same way we are seeing a shift with art via AI, there are still a large number of technical limitations, ethical challenges, and legal guidelines that need to be overcome before anything significant can happen.

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