We’ve seen a fair few startups creating technology to compose music using AI, but how about lyrics? A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada has been exploring that challenge.

They have created a system called LyricJam which aims to take live instrumental music and create lyrics for it on the fly. It’s aimed at supporting musicians rather than replacing them, however.

“The core motivation for this research is not to write a song for the artist, but to inspire the artist’s own creativity by suggesting fresh new ideas and expressions that the system generated by hearing the instrumental music played by the artist,” is how the researchers put it.

They have been testing it with musicians too. “Participants felt encouraged by the generated lines to improvise,” said the project’s leader Olga Vechtomova. “For example, the lines inspired artists to structure chords a bit differently and take their improvisation in a new direction than originally intended…”

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