Canadian scientists have created an AI that writes lyrics

Researchers at the University of Waterloo wondered if it was possible to create an artificial intelligence program that could take live instrumental music and write lyrics for it in real time. Challenge accepted.

The system, known as LyricJam, isn’t designed to replace humans but to given them a bit of a nudge.

I quote: “This system supports songwriting process, whereby artists play musical instruments, while the system listens to the audio stream via a microphone and generates lyric lines in real time to match the music being played. Artists can see the lines as they are generated or read them later by opening a collapsible side panel.”

I quote again:

“The core motivation for this research is not to write a song for the artist, but to inspire the artist’s own creativity by suggesting fresh new ideas and expressions that the system generated by hearing the instrumental music played by the artist..”For example, the lines inspired artists to structure chords a bit differently and take their improvisation in a new direction than originally intended…”

Want to give it a try? Fill yer boots.

Lines generated by LyricJam for “Your Touch” (Nine Inch Nails) from Olga Vechtomova on Vimeo.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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