AI Composer Creates Music for Films and Games

AIVA Technologies, one of the leading startups in the field of AI music composition, developed a deep learning-based system that is the world’s first non-human to officially acquire the worldwide status of Composer.

AIVA is registered under the France and Luxembourg authors’ right society (SACEM), where all of its works reside with a copyright to its own name – AIVA’s first album called Genesis was recorded in collaboration with human artists. The musical pieces will be used by advertising agencies, film directors and game studios.

Using CUDA, TITAN X Pascal GPUs and cuDNN with the TensorFlow deep learning framework,  “we have taught a deep neural network to understand the art of music composition by reading through a large database of classical partitions written by the most famous composers (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc),” mentioned the Avia team. “Aiva is capable of capturing concepts of music theory just by doing this acquisition of existing musical works.”

Once trained, GPUs help AIVA compose its very own sheet music – the partitions are then played by professional artists on real instruments in a recording studio.

The AIVA team has plans of teaching the AI how to play any style of music.

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9 thoughts on “AI Composer Creates Music for Films and Games

  1. nico_itsuo on March 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm said:

    very impressive, even tho it doesn’t feel too “natural” i mean, you can feel the lows and high, but like i said, absolutely impressive

  2. Gabe on March 17, 2017 at 5:47 am said:

    Impressive. Really. But… Where’s Neo? Haha! No, seriously. This sort of is in the uncanny valley for me… a bit. But really impressive. Now I want to play a little with a software of deep learning using CUDA. Going to search the web for something free (though I don’t think there’s anything of that sort out yet) :P

    • David Dietrichstein on April 1, 2017 at 11:21 am said:

      Did you find the source code for this project or only something similar? I know there are some projects that can generate midi files, but i am really interested in this one!

  3. Michael Wong on March 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm said:

    Musicians will always interpret the composition. Should use software to play back the music.

    • Olie Ayre on March 24, 2017 at 9:10 am said:

      That’s a sampler. It is a computer playing it back. The strings are the giveaway. Aiva is no Stravinsky, but it is better than a lot of modern writers – but then again that’s hardly difficult. Personally, I think this tech would be most effective when collaborating with a human as the computer can churn out orchestration well, but it can’t conjure the musical ideas too well – that’s where a human can and will always be ahead.

  4. Carol on March 31, 2017 at 10:29 am said:

    I´m a soundtrack composer and I have to say that I am totally in awe!! That AI has been capable to create leimotivs!!, not very complex leimotivs but absolutely distinguishables in a sort of general improvisation. Most human composers are totally unable to do that, and they only make “mood music”. This is beyond a simple ambiental music, it has its own depicted shape within.
    I´m happy with this, and I deeply welcome the robots to my world!!
    After all.. life is life, no matter its based on carbon or silicon :)
    Some day will be talking to “HER” … unexpectedly natural, and we´ll suddenly realize she had become a friend.

    • Kristjan Kiolein on February 18, 2018 at 11:24 pm said:

      Just watched a video explaining what a leitmotif is. According to the video, motif is smallest piece of music that contains thematic information. Leitmotif is motif that is connected to narrative.
      There is no narrative here right? Then in this case it is just motif

  5. David Dietrichstein on April 1, 2017 at 11:22 am said:

    Anyone know if the source code is available and where?

  6. oryjen on September 7, 2017 at 12:10 am said:

    What a stupid and empty thing! This is not music. Anyone can hear there is no artistic intention behind these logical tons of notes. Usual digital shit. Will be perfect for all stupid action or dumby sentimental movies…