About half of all jobs in America are at risk of being replaced by a robot in the next 20 years, or so a study published earlier this year estimates. Musicians, for whom job security has always been dismal at best, probably thought they might dodge the automation scare because what they do is art and art is, like, so personal and creative and human. But, here we are: an artificial intelligence has written its first pop song.
"Daddy's Car" was created by Sony's CSL research laboratory using the FlowMachines software. The AI ingested some 13,000 musical scores, learning about structure, rhythm, and melody. Prompted with a style of music, the program spits out a brand new composition.
Here's what happened when it was asked to do something like The Beatles.
French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the FlowMachines output and wrote the lyrics. It's not Sgt. Pepper's, but it's not bad.
"Daddy's Car" is the lead single from a forthcoming album of AI tunes scheduled to release next year. Yup, you read that correctly; we're all fucked.