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It is impossible to overstate the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) is having on our world. It has touched upon almost every industry, reshaping the ways we approach those industries. This includes the arts. In fact, AI is having an irrevocable impact on the music industry.

They Write the Songs That Make the Whole World Hum

Pop music has changed somewhat across individual decades. However, there are essential component similarities between songs the Beatles composed in their brief run during the 1960s and Kesha is making these days. The aesthetics might change, but the core aesthetics might change. Where patterns lie, artificial intelligence can thrive. Computers and other forms of AI have already been competitive in composing pop music. While AI skillsets do not yet include quality production, they can assemble pleasing tunes in ways that are competitive with human composers. Machine learning will only improve this over time.

Finding the Next Big Star

Book vendors use algorithms to suggest both genre vet Alaistar Reynolds and newcomer C. C. Blake to space opera lovers. What’s to stop algorithms from identifying the next big pop music star? Maybe nothing. Record companies are acquiring AI tech resources to try and do just that. While the process is still in need of refinement, it may only be a simple matter of time before AI technology gets enough data for its machine learning to start to produce valuable results.

Getting Music to the Fans

Of course, right now the biggest use of AI is in getting the music to the fans. Platforms such as Pandora and Spotify spend big money in developing the machine learning required to create “radio” stations of singles and deep cuts that will appeal to fans of a certain artist or genre. Likewise, the big recording companies are doing their best to leverage artificial intelligence to boost lackluster record sales.

Artificial intelligence is here to stay. With each passing day, month and year, it will have an increasingly profound impact on the music industry. The areas it is incorporated into today will lead to further innovations and revolutions for tomorrow. It is both an exciting and somewhat scary time to be a fly on the wall. The electric guitar was a game-changer in music in the twentieth century. AI looks like it might be as big (or bigger!) for the twenty-first century.