Dive into the realm of artificial intelligence and music composition with hosts Jonathan Boyd and Ryan Withrow on the “Future of Music” podcast. In this episode, there are no guests—just an exploration of the fascinating text-to-music AI platform, SUNO AI.
Join us as we delve into the intricacies of AI, machine learning, and the creative fusion of technology and music. Discover the capabilities of SUNO AI as we test its ability to compose music, exploring the innovative intersection of artificial intelligence and musical creativity.
Whether you’re an AI enthusiast, a music aficionado, or someone intrigued by the evolving landscape of technology, this episode provides a comprehensive look at SUNO AI and its impact on the future of music composition. Tune in to the “Future of Music” podcast for a thought-provoking discussion that unravels the potential of artificial intelligence in shaping the melodies of tomorrow. Don’t miss this episode as Jonathan and Ryan guide you through the intersection of AI and the art of music composition.
The Future is Here: AI is Now Writing Songs Better Than Humans
We’ve all heard about the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and how it’s being used to generate art, stories, code, and more. But now AI has stepped firmly into the world of music creation in an astonishing way. In the latest episode, we dive into an incredible new AI system that can create full musical compositions from simple text descriptions in just minutes.
The AI is Called Suno and it’s Mindblowing
The AI composition tool is called Suno, created by the company Anthropic. Suno allows anyone to type in a text description of the song they want to generate, including genre, instruments, key, tempo, and more. In 1-2 minutes, Suno’s AI generates a full musical composition with multiple instrumental parts and even lyrics.
To test it out, Jonathan told Suno “Create a country song about painting my terrace before my morning work calls.” In 90 seconds, Suno produced a complete country song fitting that exact description, and the results stunned Ryan and Jonathan with how realistic it sounded.
“It sounds easily like a hit song on country radio that you could turn on right now and not even realize it’s AI-generated,” marveled Jonathan. “And it takes professional songwriters countless hours, decades of experience, and teams of people to produce hit songs normally.”
AI This Advanced Was Unimaginable Just Years Ago
Ryan emphasized how mindblowing this leap forward is by reflecting on previous episodes where they’ve explored the gradual progress of AI learning to mimic aspects of musicality.
“Who introduced us to Suno? Brock Douglas, one of our very first guests on the podcast,” Ryan recalled. “And every time we talk to him, it’s about some new advancement that just blows my mind. This is on a whole other level though, where before AI could maybe generate a nice piano melody or basic drum beat. Now Suno is crafting entire believable musical compositions as complex as what humans create, and it takes barely any time or effort.”
They realized Suno defies all the traditional barriers and bottlenecks around music production. No need for instruments, lessons, recording equipment, production skills, expensive studio time, or mastering. This democratizes music creation so anyone, even with no musical experience, can simply describe their musical vision and have AI generate it within minutes.
The Musical Possibilities Are Endless
This led Ryan and Jonathan down an imaginative rabbit hole speculating all the potential use cases of Suno’s music AI.
Song Ideas On Demand For musicians, writers, and creators who sometimes struggle with inspiration or writer’s block, Suno offers infinite on-demand song ideas.
“As a musician, I have like thousands of unfinished song file ideas because I get stuck not knowing what to do for the bridge or how to end it,” said Ryan. “Now I can instantly generate options to pull from and say – hey Suno, give me some bridge ideas in the key of G that could work for this verse and chorus I wrote.”
Custom Backing Tracks Guitar players often solo over the same old backing track loops, getting bored with the repetitive practice. Now Suno can instantaneously generate never-before-heard backing tracks in any genre, mood, or instrumentation.
“I described to Suno that I wanted a complicated instrumental backing track in the style of the band Dream Theater,” described Ryan. “It produced this odd-meter, math rock-type track with time signature changes and complex rhythms that sounded like something straight off a Dream Theater album!”
Effortless Playlist Production Playlists are very popular but also time-intensive to curate all the tracks for. Suno can churn out unlimited playlist-worthy songs, for example making an ambient chill country playlist, a morning motivation EDM mix, or a focus beats hip hop compilation.
Song Licensing & Ghost Production All kinds of media like YouTube videos, podcasts, advertisements, and more need background music on a budget. Instead of paying for song licenses, now anyone can have AI compose custom tunes at nearly no cost. AI-generated songs could also enable a new industry of ghost production, where virtual artists release endless auto-produced music.
The Future Will Leave Many Speechless
Jonathan and Ryan agreed that while currently Suno uses conventional instruments and sounds, the AI capabilities will only accelerate from here. Soon AI may start experimenting with unconventional song structures, new musical concepts humans haven’t explored, and invented instrument tones that don’t even exist yet. Similar to how AI art started off mimicking existing styles but quickly diverged into new completely original content.
After marveling over Suno’s demos, Ryan concluded: “I’m speechless, and as a lifelong musician who owns probably thousands of dollars of instruments and music gear, I’m having more fun right now just telling this AI what kind of crazy song I want it to generate next.”
So is this the beginning of the end for human music? Will AI put musicians out of work and allow tech companies to dominate music creation? Ryan and Jonathan say not so fast. While AI clearly has advantages in scale, speed, and cost, the human touch brings that special emotional expressivity and meaning that listeners deeply crave. This technology simply removes barriers so anyone can make music on their own terms with no need for formal training. Ryan compared it to the explosion of consumer video and photography thanks to smartphone cameras. While professionals still offer superior skill and quality, average people are newly empowered to capture and share their lives artistically.
In closing, Ryan and Jonathan highly recommend listeners check out Suno as it continues improving in beta and try creating songs for themselves. One can only imagine what musical magic might manifest when humans start creatively collaborating WITH these AI tools rather than competing against them. The future is here and it’s music to everyone’s ears!
Conclusion: AI is Disrupting Music Creation for the Better
Suno represents an exciting shift likely to shape the soundscape of our world for decades to come. No longer will music expression remain gated to the privileged few with access to musical instruments, training, and production resources. AI systems like Suno hand anyone the ability to translate the symphonies of their minds into reality with just a bit of text.
And this is only Suno version 1.0. We can expect even more wowing advancements allowing collaborative human/AI music creation, personalized musical experiences, and unique new music flavors that have never existed. While skeptical musicians cling to tradition, innovative artists are sure to run wild molding this new clay of creation. The boundaries of music itself are about to be redefined thanks to AI, suggesting a bright future ahead. A future where life’s soundtrack becomes infinitely more vibrant, accessible, and extraordinary to suit our evolving creative spirit.
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