AI software that can turn you into a musician

By Padraig Belton
Business reporter

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Many AI computers can write songs now

Alex Mitchell may be the man for you if you ever wanted to make a career out of music but are unsure if you have what it takes.

Boomy is the website and app that Mr Mitchell founded and runs. It allows users to create songs by using AI software.

Choose from many genres. Click on “create song” to have the AI create one in under 30 seconds. It quickly selects the song’s key, chords, melody. Then you can edit your song.

It is possible to add, remove, or adjust instruments as well as volume, volume, echoes and make the music sound louder, or softer.

Boomy, a California-based platform, was created at the close of 2018. It claims that its users have already made almost five million songs around the globe.

Boomy lets you submit your tracks for inclusion on Spotify, YouTube and other music streaming websites. You can also earn money when they’re played.

Boomy retains all rights to every recording and is paid the initial amount. However, the company states that it will pass on 80% to the creator of the song.

Mitchell says that there are more than 10,000 people who have shared over 100,000 songs on different streaming services.

According to Mr Mitchell, 85% of users had never created music before. “And now we’ve got people who were paying their rent, and augmenting their income, with $100 (£74) or $200 a month from Boomy during Covid.”

These Boomy-created songs are amazing! They sound extremely computer-generated, it must be stated. They could not be mistaken for musicians playing real instruments.

However, AI can be used to create music. David Cope, a US classical composer developed such an AI system in the 1980s after suffering from writer’s block.

He set the computer up one day to create compositions that were similar to Johann Sebastian Bach’s. The computer then produced 5,000 Bach-inspired choruses, which Mr Cope went out to eat. They were eventually released as an album called Bach by Design.

Holly Herndon from Berlin, an American electronic music composer and producer, released Proto as a collaboration with Spawn an AI system that she created. Expert in this area, Ms Herndon holds a Doctorate in Music and Computing from Stanford University.

Mitchell claims that the only thing that has changed over recent years are technological improvements in AI that have made song-writing software much less expensive.

Boomy even offers its basic membership for free! Audoir’s AI song-creator apps SAM and Melobytes are also available for free.

Although AI composition is undoubtedly the most talked about because it’s new, other tech continues to revolutionize many aspects of the music business.

Matthew Shilvock claims that opera companies were unable to continue operations after San Francisco County and the City imposed strict lockdowns in 2020.

His title is General Director of San Francisco Opera. “Two singers (or even a pianist and singer) cannot be in one room.”

He tried to run rehearsals online with the performers, but “traditional videoconferencing platforms didn’t work” due to the delay in audio and video. They weren’t in sync.

The platform Aloha was developed by Elk, a Swedish music technology start-up. This algorithm decreases latency.

Elk spokesman, Björn Ehler, claims that while video platforms like Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet have a latency of “probably 500 to 600 milliseconds”, the Swedish firm has got this down to just 20.

Shilvock said that Aloha allowed him to “hear a singer breathing again” while working remotely.

He also said that it was natural to look to other tech for solutions to problems in an opera house located near Silicon Valley. This city’s DNA is based on energy and the desire to solve problems through technology.

Meanwhile in Paris, Aurélia Azoulay-Guetta says that, as an amateur classical musician, she “realised how painful it is to just carry, store, and travel with a lot of physical sheet music for rehearsals, and how much time we waste”.

Her co-founder, also a music publisher and composer, decided to “jump our jobs” to launch Newzik. It allows them to digitally distribute sheet music to orchestras.

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According to Ms Azoulay Guetta, her method replaces the strain of having musicians turn paper pages during rehearsal or performance. They now use a connected pedal to turn a digital sheet.

You can also tweak the arrangement or composition of any concerto, which you can do by tapping the screen with an electronic pen. This will automatically update each orchestra member’s electronic music sheet.

Ms Azoulay Guetta claims that this function was particularly helpful when concert resumes after lockdowns. This is because ensembles and orchestras face last-minute program changes.

Some tech companies also help musicians with paperwork. Faniak is a Portuguese company.

Nuno Moura, the founder and chief executive of the app, described it as “like Google Drive on steroids” and allows musicians, who often work freelance, to do all their administrative tasks in one location. This allows them to spend more time playing and writing music and less time doing admin.

Boomy’s Mr Mitchell, a classically trained violinist himself, is back at Boomy. According to Mitchell, the firm’s clients are now all around.

He says, “We have Uber driver creating albums and listening to them while driving.” “And [last year]A frantic phone call came from my engineer head asking me if I was under attack.

It was a huge traffic source from Turkey. We don’t have an English version. The YouTuber from Turkey made a Boomy video. [from that]We have thousands of users.”


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