Exploring artificial intelligence as the perfect musical accomplice.

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Every music artist under the sun knows that originality is a lie. Whether you call it borrowing a style, drawing ‘inspiration’ or covering a riff, there’s no two ways about it: you’re repurposing someone else’s work as your own (or exchanging ‘musical memes’, as Steven Jan puts it). And that’s not problematic; if anything, it’s the scope of what you can get away with that says if you’re skilful. (The less obvious your influence, the more credit you certainly get). But what happens when you employ an AI to assist in your…


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Even though we enjoy when a friend sends us a new song they’re raving over, there’s no guarantee we’ll love it like they do. They probably don’t know that we listened to ‘Despacito’ five times in the last six hours, and that more reggaeton isn’t what we’re in the mood for. That’s where AI comes in, specifically recommendation systems. Popular music streaming services like Spotify rely on algorithm-based recommendation systems to suggest songs you might like.

Many music professionals might be familiar with these services from a consumer point of view; the inner AI-workings less so. …


How we made an infinite stream of piano music that changes based on your comments — during a hackathon.

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It was a cloudy Saturday during spring in Berlin. Two AI music startups, Melodrive and Dadabots, converged in the center of a yellow-walled co-working office — the base of the Twitch plays Melodrive hackathon for the next day. The goal was clear, but not straightforward: set up an endless Twitch stream of AI-generated music that changes according to the comments in the chat. It was a novel idea; nothing like it had ever been built before, let alone during a hackathon…


Applying Andrew Ng’s course to the music business world.

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After joining a music tech startup in AI-obsessed, startup-central Berlin, I couldn’t have received a more appropriate opportunity to enrol in Andrew Ng’s latest Coursera offering: AI for Everyone. The course lays the groundwork for understanding a blossoming industry, and provided a perfect point from which to orientate myself. And I certainly needed it. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a proverbial deer in the headlights, throw yourself into an industry you know nothing about, in a company whose work you don’t understand, in a city on another continent that’s…


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How do you discover new music? Photo by Mirta Fratnik on Unsplash

Discovering new music isn’t what it used to be. And hopefully it won’t be what it is now. That’s what we found when conducting an internet-wide survey on the modern music discovery experience. While Spotify’s Discover Weekly may satisfy the new-music-now fix, it seems to neglect those on the hunt for a deeper, more engaging exploration. If you’ve ever spent hours digging through a vinyl shop hoping to unearth a hidden gem, you’re either a relic from a previous time or exactly the type of person I’m talking about.

The search continues

Unsurprisingly, music matters to most of us — and so does…

Paul Dachs

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