The use of AI in music production has gathered significant pace this year, with key examples being Google’s Bach Doodle and Dadabots’ AI death metal band. Sony’s Computer Science Labs (CSL) in Paris has now created an AI drummer that can assist you with creative projects.
The AI software, named DrumNet, was reportedly trained with 665 songs spanning various genres. Each song features separate bass, kick drum and snare tracks. Based on this data set, DrumNet is able to create a “musically plausible” kick drum part that is informed by other instruments in a track.
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I truly applaud the the efforts to create a Bach Doodle, AI Drummer or any autonomous electronic musician, but I work in two environments every day that tend to clash, often with unintended consequences. These two environments are electronics and music. Music to me is more than a mathematical formula or a quantized rhythm. I think music today has been pitched and pocketed so much that it is devoid of any soul. The very essence of what we musicians call ‘groove’ tends to be missing. That said, if you can create an AI that says-“my bad, lets play a G-Maj7b5 instead of a G-Maj7” then you truly have something special. I would play music with that AI.