Music is changing and with it, the way it is being composed. FlowComposer is an Artificial Intelligence system that composes music almost independently. Its latest creation, “Daddy's Car”, has become very popular on the internet and has reached nearly 1.7 million views on Youtube. The fact that this song has been created by a machine it says a lot about the direction music industry is leading to.
The company behind of this new AI composing music:
Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a part of our day to day life. It is an excellent tool to help do simple tasks so we can focus on important things. However, some companies are using this technology to reduce costs and, in the case of music, remove the human factor from the creation of a product.
The arts are a way of expression that has helped us learn, socialise and battle against wars and illnesses. Not everyone thinks the same way. A few weeks ago, Spotify hired one of the world's foremost experts of AI applied to music. Although some say that AI tools are being created to help composers work more effectively and also give a better opportunity to others to become composers (or songwriters), it is clear that music companies see a great business opportunity.
According to Music Business Worldwide, “AI-written music shouldn't require any royalties to be paid to copyright holders after it is published”.
Last month, Spotify was found to have been producing music by “Fake Artists” (see article: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/spotify-denies-its-playlisting-fake-artists-so-why-are-all-these-fake-artists-on-its-playlists/) as a possible strategy to reduce the amount of royalties paid to composers. Looking at the events that have been happening in this matter, music is all about the money.
If this is the way the industry is going, music will not be a way of self-expression anymore. It will be a product just like any other created in factories.
Adding AI-written music to the equation makes it clear that music is not art. Music is numbers. Music is royalties. Music is machines.