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Machine-Written Pop Songs

SONY CSL Researchers Created 'Daddy's Car' Using Algorithms

— September 26, 2016 — Pop Culture
'Daddy's Car' is a pop song. Listening to it, one might not recognize the band, but the style is undeniably recognizable: like a rich, dreamy version of a Beatles track. What surely none would realize, though, is that 'Daddy's Car' was composed by artificial intelligence.

The song is a project by the SONY CSL Research Laboratory, a lab that has been working on the intersection of AI and music for some time. In fact, the company had already created an AI system that reworks classical music into modern pop artists' styles (such as the Beatles.) 'Daddy's Car,' however, is the first completely original pop song to be composed by a machine.

To be sure, humans had a hand in creating the song as a whole. French composer Benoit Carre wrote the lyrics to the song and selected the Beatles samples that the AI used as source input for inventing the track's rhythms and melodies.
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