With every advancement in technology, there’s always some sort of debate on its validity. Not every invention is “the best thing since sliced bread.” Within music, this debate takes place most ferociously within context of the undeniable rise in popularity of EDM.
People discount EDM as “not music” because of its complete dissimilarity to what they’ve known music as before. The ability to produce tracks on a computer instead of with a regular, five-piece band during a studio recording was a technological revolution, altering music as we know it. If it even is music, that is.
If there is debate over whether electronic music is actual music, where do you draw the line with electric guitars? Post production? Or, more drastically, AI robot musicians? And, as the music industry grows and new technologies develop, where does “music” end and technology begins? It’s hard to say, but with the newest songwriter AI, lines are getting fuzzier and fuzzier.
Amadeus Code is one of the newer music production apps out there. It is an AI technology that “uses data from previous musical hits to create entirely new compositions on the fly.” This creates the opportunity for singers to have completely unique instrumental accompaniments to write their lyrics to!
According to the creators of Amadeus Code, live music veterans Jun Inoue, Gyo Kitagawa, and Taishi Fukuyam, this technology is not aimed at replacing your favorite singers and songwriters. It’s more for assisting artists in trying to find their voice. As it replaces some of the need for songwriters though, it begs the question: Is this technology able to be considered music? Or is it more of an aide to musicians?
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