Music-industry lawyer Cliff Fluet thinks many artists will be enthusiastic about the emergence of artificial-intelligence (AI) composers, rather than threatened.

“Every artist I’ve told about this technology sees it as a whole new box of tricks to play with. Would a young Brian Wilson or Paul McCartney be using this technology? Absolutely,” he told the Observer newspaper this weekend.

“I’ll say it now: Bowie would be working with an AI collaborator if he was still alive. I’m 100% sure of that. It’d sound better than Tin Machine, that’s for sure…”

The feature, written by Music Ally’s Stuart Dredge, talks to AI music startups including Jukedeck, Amper Music, Popgun, Vochlea and AI Music. The latter two are part of the Abbey Road Red incubator, whose manager Jon Eades addresses the artists issue too.

“I think there will be collateral damage, just like the internet. It created huge opportunity, and completely adjusted the landscape. But depending on where you sat in the pre-internet ecosystem, you either called it an opportunity or a threat,” he said.

“I think the same thing is occurring here. AI is going to be as much of a fundamental factor in how the businesses around music are going to evolve as the internet was.”

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