Do you notice that the question did not start with ‘CAN’ but ‘SHOULD’ because artificial intelligence (AI) already can compose original music! If you don’t believe this, you can see for yourself at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIVA.
Still, I find it interesting that this capability does not come up during those discussions about jobs that robots will soon replace humans in doing. Perhaps the exclusion is because there is no foreseeable market for AI-produced music, yet. After all, the Beyonces and the Kirk Franklins of this world are still winning Grammys. So why would anyone even think of buying AI-made music! After all, a robot cannot sing… that is until you suddenly see a deep fake version of the Adele’s ‘Hello’ that sounds better than the original!
The industry would DEFINITELY not allow that! Right?
Perhaps there really is no need to speculate on or debate this subject because every seasoned musician knows that the craft is as mathematical as it is an art. But then again, art tends to have patterns embedded in it- and reproducing and innovating on patterns are artificial intelligence’s bread and butter. I think where the real bone of contention lies is whether our soul’s ability to enjoy music would be utterly decimated the moment we are told that a toe-tapping, hip-shaking tune was composed by, say, Apple’s Siri. Now, this tension leads to an all-important question every musician should know- where does the power of music lie? Is it in the understanding it took to make it, or is it in the understanding we personally construct about it when we hear it?
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