Or, at least human singers.
We already know the next frontier in pop music is having artificial intelligence write songs instead of human. Following Sony CSL Research Laboratory’s AI system Flow Machines crafting a Beatles-inspired track called ‘Daddy’s Car’ back in September comes this brand new, AI-composed Christmas carol.
This one comes from researchers at the University of Toronto who created something called “neural karaoke” – they feed the computer images and it can create songs based on what it “sees.” According to The Guardian, it writes lyrics based on the image and then sings it to music it composes itself.
It’s…not great. The vocals sound almost as if the computer-generated SimpleText voice had an precious younger sibling. This is not fitter, happier or more productive than, say, Nat King Cole or whoever helped Ariana Grande write Christmas & Chill.
“You can imagine having an AI channel on Pandora or Spotify that generates music, or takes people’s pictures and sings about them,” a professor at the UT computer science lab said, because who needs artists anymore, right? Sigh.