Google’s new AI turns your text into music
We had already heard that Google has a lot of new AI applications in the pipeline and apparently it has already released one to show that ChatGPT really can’t beat it. Google’s new artificial intelligence can turn your lyrics into music. You type something and Google makes music out of it.
The new tool is called MusicLM and unfortunately it’s not widely available yet, but there are a few samples we can look at and listen to. So Google clearly wants to make us tasty for what’s to come, which fits with the news that it’s rather fearful of the power and might of ChatGPT. When and whether it will become available to the rest of the world is still unclear, but in general Google often uses the ‘sharing is caring’ principle, although it naturally takes up your data for this.
So MusicLM. It actually works like Dall-E, but then the result is not a work of art that you can look at, but a work of art that you can listen to. But then how do you start? Name an instrument or a particular sound. Dull thump, clarinet? In the example that Google gives there is actually a whole story, so it is not just a number of staccato search terms, but an exciting story that you are already completely involved in, while you have not yet heard a note.
Create music from lyrics
Google writes (translated): “The main soundtrack of an arcade game. It’s fast and cheerful, with a catchy electric guitar riff. The music is repetitive and easy to remember, but with unexpected sounds, such as cymbals or drums.” You can then also hear what the AI makes of it. It sounds like you’re in the middle of an action scene in a movie: uptempo, fast and a bit rocky. Actually exactly what is described.
You don’t necessarily have to write a whole novel to get good music out of it though, because you could just say ‘slow jazz’ and he’ll just make a whole piece of music with slow jazz sounds. In short, you can make it as crazy as you want, but at the moment it seems that there is a maximum of 30 seconds. You probably can’t get the AI to compose an infinite piece of music.
Probably this AI will eventually be used as a Dall-E is also used. You can easily make something visual with it if you have an idea in mind but are not very good at drawing it yourself. The same applies to music, although it is more difficult to indicate a certain rhythm in it. In any case, it is a nice way to provide a presentation with some tension or to convey a certain feeling. The special thing about the AI is that it understands a lot of things: a busy discotheque, it understands that, so not just musical instruments or specific sounds. He understands the setting and that is special. By the way, if you want to dive deeper into it: Google has made a whole report of it.
But there is more: imagine that you would like to make music, but you actually can’t. You have a melody in your head that you would rather not hear as if you were humming, but as if it were being played on a keyboard. MusicLM can also get to work with that: it can hear your humming through the microphone and imitate it with all kinds of different instruments. As with other AI, MusicLM is of course meant to get better and better by learning more. That takes time, but it would probably go faster if more people could get to work with it. We therefore hope that Google soon releases the AI for more people to use. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who care…
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