When AI music platforms were at the spiky end of the Hype Cycle, they seemed poised to offer a lot of exciting possibilities with a wide variety of real world applications – like powering better sifting of new music for A&R departments, or better matching compositions with performers.

Those advanced uses seem still a little way down the road. So far, many of these AI music platforms have focused on nailing one existing problem: better tagging of songs in catalogues. And that seems to be desirable: Musimap, Musiio and Musicube have all been acquired in significant deals.

So news that German music AI startup Cyanite has closed an €800,000 seed round (from investors including former Finetunes founder Oke Göttlich) is interesting because when we spoke to them in Startup Files last year, the company was very eager to stress that, while it provides tagging services, they were aiming for more ambitious goals.

Back then, Cyanite talked up the work it was doing in the language space: attempting to serve appropriate songs based on descriptions that humans – and the AI – understand, rather than asking humans to think in terms of tags. Now, that vision has expanded to “becoming the universal intelligence … that can translate music into anything and anything into music.”

Bold claims are par for the course in startup-world, but this latest funding suggests confidence in the direction the company is taking – and it’ll be interesting to see the tech that the company says it will launch “in the coming months”.

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