Need Music For Your Lyrics? There’s a Program For That.

So you have written yourself a beautiful poem or lyrics but you lack the technical ability to provide a score for your brilliance. Help may be on the way!

Got words but no melody? A machine learning system turns poetry into song by composing a pop music score to suit the lyrics it’s given.

“I was studying singing while I was doing my PhD in computer science,” says Margareta Ackerman at San Jose State University in California, who developed the system with David Loker at technology advisory firm Orbitwerks. “Over time, I started to think of computers as creative partners instead of tools, which could maybe help me write songs.”

The system, called ALYSIA, processes short lines of text and associates each syllable with a musical note. It chooses the pairing based on features including the syllable’s position in the word and how it will fit with the previous five notes.

So. How good is this thing?

The songs admittedly aren’t about to win any Grammys, but Ackerman says this is just the start. She initially imagined targeting ALYSIA at the electronic music community, but is now working on repurposing it for professional songwriters with the help of classical composers.

Ultimately, Ackerman hopes to create a system capable of composing all aspects of a song on its own. “We want to design a program able to generate the music, the lyrics, and ideally even the production and the singing by itself,” she says.

Is this a great thing or is this the tip of the next wave of industry generated hit churning? Time will tell. Read the whole story here.

Larry Lootsteen

Music is life and I love to write about all things music. Independent music blogger. Writer in general. I am a big fan of alternative and indie music but there's no genre I haven't found something to like.

5 thoughts on “Need Music For Your Lyrics? There’s a Program For That.

  • July 11, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    I have a lot of lyrics, but cannot compose music, nor would I try to. I have been writing forever, but have never attempted to do anything with what I write.

    Before retiring, this year, I traveled wrote copy and books. I have built hundreds upon hundreds of presentation, including graphic art work.

    Now, I would like to concentrate on writing lyrics.

  • February 4, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Need music for my lyrics

  • April 1, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    i need music for my lyrics. i have written several songs but need someone to do it for me.

  • April 1, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    i need music for my lyrics. i have written several songs but need someone to do it for me. i work at the theater n dont have time and writing it isnt my talent.

  • June 15, 2022 at 10:50 am

    I have over 150 song lyrics that I would love to set some or all of them to music. I’ve been doing this since 1970 with no luck whatsoever. Some of my earlier ones were inspired from being an avid fan of Jimi Hendrix. Later I developed a knack for more romantic songs, mostly inspired by my life experiences. I write in the style of Engelbert Humperdinck and Barry Manilow. All my lyrics are copyrighted in a book I created (Not published) called “My Life In Words” My goal in life is to maybe have at least “one” song published.


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