A popular YouTube artist uses AI to record a new album
A popular YouTube artist has an unusual collaborator on her new album: artificial intelligence.
pop artist Taryn Southern, who appeared on American Idol in 2004, created the lyrics and melodies for “I AM AI” but left most other work to software.
The album’s first song “Break Free,” which was released on Monday, was developed with help from startup Amper Music. Amper is one of several AI music services Southern is working with on the album, which will debut later this year.
Southern only has basic piano skills, so she turned to the program to deliver the instrumental portion of the song. The AI developed the harmonies, chords and sequences.
“In a fun way, I have a new songwriting partner who doesn’t get tired and has this endless knowledge of music making,” Southern told CNN Tech. “But I feel like I own my vision; I iterate and choose what I like and what I don’t like. There’s a lot more control.”
Southern was still working with a producer on his vocals, but the rest of the song relied on Amper’s software. She gave the program some guidelines, such as song speed, key signature, and preferred instruments. The program then produced a track for consideration.
Although some tweaking was still required after the AI delivered its part, it arranged what was offered in verses and chorus.
“In the past, I’d fall into traps by writing songs in a certain style or chords that I know I like,” Southern said. “When I’m working with AI music, everything it spits at me is a surprise.”
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Southern said writing song structure is now 20 times faster than when relying on human musicians. She also previously used Apple’s GarageBand platform.
Southern, known for its covers and some original works, has been posting on YouTube for a decade. Her 2007 “Hot for Hillary” music video has been viewed over 2.3 million times.
His new work is an example of how AI can complement the human workforce, even as it automates some tasks. Southern said AI has made her more creative than ever.
“Human creators and human musicians are not going away,” said Amper Music CEO Drew Silverstein. “We make sure you don’t have to spend 10,000 hours and thousands of dollars buying equipment to share and express your ideas.”
CNNMoney (Washington) First published August 21, 2017: 1:14 p.m. ET