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“Country music is going to be the biggest sort of paradox for AI because the underlying melodies and so on are very formulaic. But the lyrics are based on human experience. I’d be very interested how long it would take an AI to come up with this… Tammy Wynette song, D-I-V-O-R-C-E. Unless that AI spent time in a kitchen fighting with their spouse in front of their 4-year-old AI, they probably wouldn’t come up with it…” That’s the RIAA’s chief technology officer David Hughes speaking in an event organised by the US Copyright Office and World Intellectual Property Organization in February to discuss ‘Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’. The transcripts and video have just been published, including for the session focused on AI music.

Boomy CEO Alex Mitchell suggested that copying existing genres isn’t the best use for AI. “I question… the utility of just making a best-guess copy of a jazz song or an American folk song because there’s plenty of people who do that already, right? And you end up with the lowest common denominator.”

Composer and Berklee Online professor E. Michael Harrington also talked about the philosophical questions. “AI is human. I mean it came from a human. There’s no such thing as non-human music,” he said. There’s plenty more in the transcript (the music session starts at p177) and the video.

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