British startup AI Music has been talking since last year about its plans for ‘shapeshifting’ music – using AI to shift recordings between different genres and moods. Recently, the company released its first demonstration app, showing how music listeners can interact with its technology.
The app is called Ossia, and for now it’s available as a free download for iPhones only. “Explore new artists and create your own remixes of their songs by combining different vocals and backing tracks with a simple swipe. Remixing music that you want to listen to has never been easier,” explains its App Store listing. “Save them to your library to listen to them whenever you like. You can also explore chill out, party and workout remixes of each track already created.” The latter being the AI element, although the technology isn’t working in real-time, as the blurb makes clear. “The app has a set of taster functionalities that we have been working on purely to show what is possible from a technology point of view,” AI Music’s co-founder Inderjit Birdee told Music Ally, in an interview for a report due to be published this week.