Radio station SWR uses AI to let users to “Shuffle” live songs
Music radio persists in an era of hyper-personalised playlists, possibly because it offers a contrasting linear, set-and-forget experience. One of Germany’s most popular radio stations, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), has...
September 2, 2020
A tale of two synthetic reality startups: Hour One and Reface
We’re fascinated by the potential of ‘synthetic reality’, an area that brings together virtual reality, AI, ‘deepfakes’ and other technologies. Two more startups in the news this week offer some...
August 18, 2020
Alex Braga’s ‘Spleen Machine’ album used AI instrument A-Mint
The latest project representing a creative blend of artistry and AI is called ‘Spleen Machine’. It’s the work of Alex Braga, who’s both a composer and an inventor. For this EP, he invented his own...
June 18, 2020
AI music startup Aiva raises €1.5m funding from NetEase
It’s been a little while since we last wrote about Luxembourg-based startup Aiva and its software for creating music using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. We covered its pitch in the 2018 Midemlab startups...
June 16, 2020
Splash AI-music Roblox game had 1m players in 20 days
Last month, we wrote about Australian AI-music startup Popgun’s launch of a music-making game for Roblox, the gaming platform with 115 million active users, including lots of children. Those kids could queue up in...
June 3, 2020
Social video editing app Trash adds features for musicians
We reported on the launch of Trash last June: an AI-powered video editing app launched by Hannah Donovan, formerly of Vine and This Is My Jam. Then, in January this year, her pitch won the startup showcase section of the...
May 18, 2020
Uncanny Valley wins the AI Song Contest, helped by… koalas
In January we reported on plans to hold an ‘AI Song Contest’ for “European teams of musicians, artists, scientists and developers” working with music-generating AI systems. It turns out they weren’t...
May 14, 2020
US Copyright Office posts transcript of AI music debate
“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...
May 11, 2020
Holy £*@!: Deezer uses AI to filter out song profanities
Spotify launched its Spotify Kids app partly to reassure parents that their children would not encounter ripe phraseology when streaming music. Now Deezer is also looking into the challenge of ensuring family listening doesn’t...
April 30, 2020
Roc Nation files takedowns over YouTube deepfake audio of Jay-Z
Here’s a legal question for you: if someone creates a deepfake audio recording of an artist or public figure – for example them reading Hamlet’s ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ soliloquy or the lyrics to Billy...
April 29, 2020
There’s now an AI to ‘generate deepfake dances’ for TikTok
Do you want to upload amazing dancing videos to TikTok like The Young People do, but are hamstrung by a lack of dancing skills? Fear not: AI is coming to your rescue. Possibly. Check out a new startup called Boogie, whose...
April 22, 2020