Ronnie the Robot could soon be a regular Neil Diamond, if the Sony Computer Science Laboratory continues to make strides.
The technology company's Paris-based lab just created the first pop song composed by artificial intelligence. The music composition technique of the future does still contain a human element, however. It all starts with a database of 13,000 music leadsheets (containing written-out rhythms and notes) from many different composers and styles. The program learns music styles from the giant database before processing and combining them in different ways.
At that point, a human composer enters the picture, selecting a style and melody from a system called FlowComposer. The results can be heard (above) in "Daddy's Car," which was designed to emulate the Beatles. A prior attempt at A.I. composition — this time in the style of Gershwin, Berlin and Ellington — "Mr. Shadow," can be heard here.
"Daddy's Car" is just one track off an A.I. pop album set to be released in 2017.
Read more about the process here.