AI Project Figures Out How Jimi Hendrix Might Interpret Beethoven–And Vice-Versa

Researchers at Birmingham City University were wondering “How might a classical giant like Beethoven handle a song by Lady Gaga?” It sounds a little silly on the surface, but if you’re working with artificial intelligence, it’s something worth investigating.

The boffins set to work on a computer algorithm that could analyze the style of a classical great and then apply those behaviors would be applied so something more modern. Put another way, how might Beethoven (or Stauss or Tchaikovsky or whomever) cover a song from today?

From New Atlas:

The system has so far analyzed music spanning more than 50 years and amassed a database of over 15,000 notes and sounds. The researchers report that the AI engine is already capable of 86 percent replication accuracy and can nail a musician’s particular style around 75 percent of the time.

In other words, it’s still a work in progress. Read more here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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