Category: Music

Confetti, koalas, and candles of love: Backstage at Eurovision’s AI song contest


This year, the world’s most prestigious music award show — The Eurovision Song Contest — was set to be more spectacular than ever, as an AI competition was running alongside the traditional extravaganza. Then the coronavirus arrived. Eurovision was sadly canceled — but the organizers of the AI song contest bravely chose to go ahead. And TNW bagged an exclusive ticket to the show. “We have everything here,” promised host Lieven Scheire. “There is glitter, there is a smoke machine, there will be love, peace, and modulations, and I have prepared some overly scripted jokes that probably will not work in this context.…

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Moog’s Subharmonicon is the perfect instrument for people who think math is beautiful


Moog today introduced its new Subharmonicon, a semi-modular analog synthesizer featuring six-tone subharmonic chords and organic polyrhythms. That’s a fancy way of saying it’s a musical instrument that lets you create incredible soundscapes using nothing but math and electricity. Basically, the Subharmonicon is like a kaleidoscope for your ears. On its own, it’s a synthesizer featuring the classic Moog sounds. We’re talking the thrumming, throbbing bass and sweeping warbles that defined decades of synth sounds, but with enough modern twists to merit the new unit. What’s special about the Subharmonicon is that it was inspired by two pieces of vintage…

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Streaming service Deezer built an AI to catch the explicit lyrics human censors miss


Deezer has found a new way to expel the scourge of profanity turning innocent children into thugs, drug addicts, murderers — and worse. The streaming service has developed an AI technique that automatically detects explicit lyrics — just by analyzing the audio. Of course, a human could do the job, but that can be a lot of work, as podcaster Adam Buxton discovered when he valiantly tried to censor serial offenders NWA. Another problem is that record companies aren’t always as diligent as Buxton. Deezer says they can’t always be relied on to add an “explicit content” tag to the foul-mouthed songs that they submit…

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This AI creates entire songs complete with music, lyrics, and vocals


OpenAI today introduced ‘Jukebox,’ an open-source AI system for generating novel music complete with lyrics and vocals. Simply put, it’s the most impressive music-writing AI we’ve seen yet. Jukebox was trained on massive datasets of music across nearly every genre so that it can create completely fresh songs that, in many cases, sound very much like the artist(s) it was trained on. Much like other networks learn to transfer the style of a painting or other artwork from one image to another, Jukebox figures out how to imitate the style and genre of music. It also attempts to recreate the…

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Steinberg’s Stay Home Elements Collection lets budding musicians try pro software for 60 days


Amid the turmoil and anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic, many stuck at home have found a silver lining: they can use the extra time on their hands to learn a new skill. If you’ve been spending the past few days brushing up on your music skills in particular, Steinberg is now offering extended trials for its some of its most popular music software. The company recently announced the #StayHome Elements Collection, allowing you to try Cubase, Dorico, and WaveLab Elements for 60 days free of charge. The package also includes the Absolute Collection of VST instruments and effects, including over 6,800…

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This AI wrote such emo lyrics that humans thought it was My Chemical Romance


If you think the songs in the charts sound like they were made by machines, you’re probably wrong — an AI’s lyrics would be better. That’s according to research by ticket site TickPick, which recently tested whether people prefer artificial or human songwriters. The company scraped thousands of lyrics from genius.com and grouped them into rock, rap, country, and pop songs. The words were then fed to a text-generating machine called GPT-2, which used machine learning to create new sets of lyrics. The system composed 100 songs in each genre, which the TickPick team turned into four original six-track albums. They then ran the lyrics through Grammarly’s plagiarism checker…

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How to hide songs on other people’s Spotify playlists


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spotify today rolled out a small update for its Premium users. Now you can hide songs you don’t like that are in playlists you didn’t create, effectively letting you customize the playlists to your liking. It’s a small move, but as someone who listens to a heckuva lot of playlists, I can tell you I’ll be using it, as there’s usually at least one song that doesn’t work with the rest of the playlist. It’s…

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Stuck at home? Here are our favorite internet radio stations from all over the world


Most of us are stuck inside right now, and for very good reason. Before I start complaining about how the ubiquity of sourdough bread making and downward-facing dogging is reaching cult-like levels, I have to admit I’ve enjoyed exploring some interests of mine. These hobbies have thus far been left to rot on a shelf in the corner of my dusty, dusty brain, and I’m finally poking at them with a stick. I’ve been listening to loads more music these past few weeks, which also means I’m blowing through my usual sources of new tunes at a much faster pace. …

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Watch 50+ live performances from Montreux Jazz Festival for free


The good people behind the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival have made over 50 live recordings from the event freely available (until April 18) to enjoy during your lockdown music sessions. If you’ve never heard of Montreux Jazz Festival, I can only assume you don’t really care about music, so let me indulge. [Read: Watch movies with your friends via Discord’s livestreaming feature] It might be branded as a jazz festival, but over the years it’s played host to a whole variety of acts including, Queen, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, Alanis Morissette, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash… Shall I keep going? Ok.…

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I listened to the coronavirus playlists on Spotify so you don’t have to


As the COVID-19 global pandemic has turned us all into hermit crabs, amusing ourselves has become more important than ever. So, because I’m kinda bored and I want to see what people have created, let’s check out the coronavirus-related playlists on Spotify and see what kinds of songs are on them. My Spotify playlists have become even more important to me now that I’m basically at home all the time — I’ve scored almost all aspects of my life just to make up for the fact that I’m seeing the same four or five rooms most days. And because a…

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