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

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

  • 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.

  • Need music for my lyrics

    • I have the lyrics just need music, help

    • I have written seven or eight songs with just lyrics they are they are love songs and dedications. I know in my mind with the right voice these would go along way. These would be great first dance wedding songs. Can you give me advice where to go or what to do thank you for your time Have a great day

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I need help wrinting the melody behind my lyrics, i already have the whole song set up

  • give me music i will write the lyrics

  • Are you looking for someone to help you create a song? I have the lyrics, and do you have the time or patience to create the music? If so, you’ve come to the right place. I can write any song, but I lack the patience or time to make the music and I have a terrible singing voice, can anyone assist me?

  • need music to my lyrics


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