The AI software that could turn you in to a music star

Now everyone can be a songwriter.

Mr Mitchell, Alex Mitchell

23/1/2022 11:00:00 AM

Now everyone can be a songwriter.

Artificial intelligence is now smart enough to write tracks that earn streaming service royalties.

Mr Mitchell is the founder and boss of a website and app called Boomy, which helps its users create their own songs using artificial intelligence (AI) software that does most of the heavy lifting.You can do things such as add or strip-out instruments, change the tempo, adjust the volumes, add echoes, make everything sound brighter or softer, and lay down some vocals.

While Boomy owns the copyright to each recording, and receives the funds in the first instance, the company says it passes on 80% of the streaming royalties to the person who created the song.But, how good are these Boomy created songs? It has to be said that they do sound very computer generated. You wouldn't mistake them for a group of people making music using real instruments.

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Mr Mitchell is the founder and boss of a website and app called Boomy, which helps its users create their own songs using artificial intelligence (AI) software that does most of the heavy lifting. You choose from a number of genres, click on "create song", and the AI will compose one for you in less than 30 seconds. The Chinese dissident widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living artists has repeatedly described the stadium and the 2008 Olympics as a “fake smile” that his native country presented to the world. It swiftly picks the track's key, chords and melody. He credited the AI employee for proving much more efficient than human beings in terms of pressing debtors and reminding them to pay. And from there you can then finesse your song. 4 opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics, and Ai expects more of the same. The Boomy app can be used on the move You can do things such as add or strip-out instruments, change the tempo, adjust the volumes, add echoes, make everything sound brighter or softer, and lay down some vocals. "It was really important to Vegas," said Jem Aswad, deputy music editor for Variety.

California-based, Boomy, was launched at the end of 2018, and claims its users around the world have now created almost five million songs. “The way it was used afterwards went in the opposite direction from our ideals. [embed]https://www. The Boomy website and app even allows people to submit their tracks to be listed on Spotify and other music streaming sites, and to earn money every time they get played. While Boomy owns the copyright to each recording, and receives the funds in the first instance, the company says it passes on 80% of the streaming royalties to the person who created the song.” Even before his fame landed him the design job working with a Swiss architectural firm, Ai had been an unrelenting critic of the Chinese Communist Party. Mr Mitchell adds that more than 10,000 of its users have published over 100,000 songs in total on various streaming services. “With these virtual employees setting examples with their high performance, other employees will also be encouraged to improve their skills, which will eventually drive the digital transformation of these companies. "Eighty-five per cent of our users have never made music before," Mr Mitchell tells the BBC. He has also lived in exile in Germany — he still maintains a studio there — and in Britain. "People are being cautious," Aswad said.

"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." But, how good are these Boomy created songs? It has to be said that they do sound very computer generated. He used his dashed hopes for the Bird’s Nest to illustrate how China has changed since 2008, a time that the Olympics were seen as a “coming out” party for China. On the credentials of the firm’s virtual employee, China Vanke’s Lu said in his social media post that Cui recorded “a 91. You wouldn't mistake them for a group of people making music using real instruments. There are a number of playlists of Boomy created songs on Spotify However, using AI to help compose music isn't exactly new: US classical composer, David Cope, developed such a software system back in the 1980s, following some episodes of writer's block. But Ai termed the 2008 Olympics a “low point” as migrant workers were forced out of the city, small shops were shuttered and street vendors removed. Story continues One day he set it up to write compositions similar to those by Johann Sebastian Bach. In China’s AI software market, applications for AI robots or virtual humans have become one of the most popular, according to tech research firm IDC. Eilish is scheduled to kick off a world tour on Feb.

Mr Cope then popped out for a sandwich, and returned to find that the computer had composed 5,000 Bach-inspired chorales. Story continues “The entire Olympics took place under the situation of a blockade,” Ai told AP. These were later released on an album called Bach by Design. More recently, in 2019, Berlin-based US electronic music composer, Holly Herndon, made an album called Proto in collaboration with an AI system called Spawn that she had co-created. Instead, there was a close collaboration between the IOC and the Chinese regime, "who put on a show together in order to obtain economic and political capital. Use of virtual humans has already become popular in the fields of retail and entertainment in China. Ms Herndon is an expert in this field, and has a doctorate in music and computing from Stanford University in the US. Mr Mitchell says that what has changed in recent years is that technological advancements in AI have meant song-writing software has become much cheaper. It details the overlap of his life and career with that of his father, Ai Qing, a famous poet who was sent into internal exile in 1957, the year Ai Weiwei was born. "You're going to get people who are burned by this financially who say this isn’t worth the risk," said the observer.

So much so that Boomy is able to offer its basic membership package for free. Companies such as personal health care chain Watsons and cosmetics giant L’Oreal have their own virtual idols used to communicate with consumers. Other AI song creator apps, such as Audoir's SAM, and Melobytes, are also free to use. “In this world where everything has a political dimension, we are now told we mustn’t politicize things: This is simply a sporting event, detached from history and ideas and values — detached from human nature, even. While AI composition inevitably grabs the headlines because of its novelty, new tech is continuing to change many other aspects of the wider music industry. When the City and County of San Francisco imposed strict lockdowns back in 2020, Matthew Shilvock says that keeping an opera company going proved "extremely challenging". China, of course, has political ends in mind.com/watch?v=5I2yy6KqnwM[/embed] “Virtual influencers are extremely popular among younger fans and in particular Gen-Z consumers who are curious to experiment and try new things,” said Mei Chen, Alibaba Group Holding’s head of fashion and luxury for the UK, Spain and Northern Europe, in a South China Morning Post report last October. Matthew Shilvock says that the San Francisco Opera needed a video conferencing system that allowed the singers and musicians to perform together remotely in real time He is general director of the San Francisco Opera, and it could no longer have "two singers, or even a singer and pianist, in the same room". The singer had been due to perform two shows each weekend for 12 weeks at a venue that seats roughly 4,000 people.

But when he tried running rehearsals with his performers online, "traditional video conference platforms didn't work", because of the latency, or delays in the audio and video. In his email, Ai described China as emboldened by the 2008 Olympics — “more confident and uncompromising. They were out of sync.2 billion yuan in 2018, according to data from market research firm iiMedia. So, Mr Shilvock turned to a platform called Aloha that has been developed by Swedish music tech start-up Elk. The Olympics did not change China in ways the IOC suggested, or foster civil liberties. It uses algorithms to reduce latencies. 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. The 2008 Games were followed a month later by the world financial crisis, and in 2012 by the rise of General Secretary Xi Jinping. Everyone has already flown in including my wife and her girlfriends," Twitter user Jordan P.

Mr Shilvock says that, when working remotely, Aloha has "allowed me to hear a singer breathe again". He adds that looking to wider tech to help solve problems is only natural for an opera house with Silicon Valley on its doorstep. “Since 2008, the government of China has further strengthened its control, and the human rights situation has further deteriorated,” Ai told AP. "The energy and the drive to find solutions through technology is just so much part of the DNA of this city." Aloha allows musicians to play together with very little delay to the sound and video 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". In 2022, China will impose more stringent constraints to the internet and political life," including human rights and the press, he said. So she and her fellow co-founder "decided to junk our jobs" and launch a start-up called Newzik, which allows music publishers and composers to digitally distribute their sheet music to orchestras. "Severely disappointed right now," she said in a video.

New Tech Economy New Tech Economy is a series exploring how technological innovation is set to shape the new emerging economic landscape.” Ai characterized the 2022 Winter Olympics and the pandemic as a case of fortunate timing for China’s authoritarian government. Ms Azoulay-Guetta says that her solution replaces the stress of musicians having to turn physical, paper pages with their hands during performance or rehearsal. Instead, they now turn a turn a digital page via a connected pedal. “China, under the system of state capitalism and especially after COVID, firmly believes that its administrative control is the only effective method; this enhances their belief in authoritarianism. And if the arrangement of a concerto or other composition is tweaked - which can be done by using an electronic pen on the app screen - this will update on every orchestra member's copy of the electronic music sheets. Ms Azoulay-Guetta says that this feature particularly helped when concerts finally resumed after lockdowns, because orchestras and ensembles faced last minute programme changes - for instance, if musicians were absent, self-isolating. So, the 2022 Olympics will further testify to the effectiveness of authoritarianism in China and the frustration of the West’s democratic regimes. Some fans said they planned to show their support by gathering outside Adele's Las Vegas hotel room on Friday evening to sing her hit song"Hold On.

Newzik allows users to update the sheet music with an electronic pen Other tech firms are focusing on helping musicians more effectively deal with their paperwork. One such company is Portuguese start-up Faniak. The IOC and China both see the Games as a business opportunity. Founder and chief executive, Nuno Moura Santos, describes its app as "like a Google Drive on steroids", allowing musicians - who are often freelancers -to more easily do their admin all in one place, "so they can spend more time writing and playing music". Back at Boomy, Mr Mitchell is himself a classically-trained violinist. “In China there is only the party’s guidance, state-controlled media and people who have been brainwashed by the media,” Ai wrote. He says that the firm's users are now popping-up everywhere.

"We have Uber drivers creating albums and playing them during their drives," he says. Under this circumstance, Chinese people are not interested in the Olympics at all because it is simply a display of state politics. "And [last year] I woke up to a frantic call from my head of engineers, asking if we were under attack. "There was tons of traffic from Turkey, and we don't have a Turkish version.” Asked if he planned to go back to China, he said he was doubtful. It was just a YouTuber in Turkey, who did a video about Boomy, and [from that] we have tens of thousands of users there." TRENDING . “Judging from the current situation, it is more and more unlikely for me to be able to return to China,” he said.