DADABOTS, The First Artificial Intelligence Band That Created Heavy Metal Music

Can computers appreciate art? Probably not. But they can certainly create new ones on their own.

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been programmed to create a new music. While this is isn't the first time that algorithms are used to make music, this time, AI created a new music using recurrent neural network.

It studied raw audio from the album "Diotima" by Krallice.

After listening to all sounds it was fed on, it started to guess and compose new sounds that are more or less similar.

Basically, after “playing” each segment, the creators asked the AI software to guess what should came next. If it guessed correctly, the AI strengthened the path of the neural network and prioritize it for the next guess. On the other hand, an incorrect guess would downgrade that particular network.

At first, the AI just generated random sounds. Early in its training, the kinds of sounds it produces were very noisy. But after three days repeating the procedure for about five million times, the AI started to create sounds that are more familiar to human music.

And after more trials and error, the AI is capable to create its own original work.

The project by Zack Zukowski and CJ Carr called 'DADABOTS’, has released "Coditany of Timeness" album with 5 tracks: Memoryearion, Timension, Wisdom Trippin’, Energiveness and Inhusk.

The records incorporate death metal's traditional melancholy intros and wailing guitars.

"We use a modified SampleRNN architecture to generate music in modern genres such as black metal and math rock. Unlike MIDI and symbolic models, SampleRNN generates raw audio in the time domain. This requirement becomes increasingly important in modern music styles where timbre and space are used compositionally. Long developmental compositions with rapid transitions between sections are possible by increasing the depth of the network beyond the number used for speech datasets."

Three AI was involved in creating the album: The first created the music; the second created the album’s name and the titles of the songs; and the third created the artwork for the album cover.

While they may sound like "music", but those sounds weren't created by instruments. While there are some sounds of guitars being played solo, there were no guitars involved. The sound of the drums, weren't made by drums. They're all just noises.

"Early in its training, the kinds of sounds it produces are very noisy and grotesque and textural. As it improves its training, you start hearing elements of the original music it was trained on come through more and more," said CJ Carr, one of the creators of the algorithm behind CoT.

While computers can't appreciate music, and don't at all care about the sounds they produce, but with AI, humans can certainly prove that computers can make some decent sounds with interesting progressions. However, the sounds they made aren't high-quality, so don't expect much from them in their initial stage.

This album "Coditany of Timeness" is part of a submission to NIPS 2017 Workshop for Machine Learning, Creativity and Design: "Generating Black Metal and Math Rock".

Published: 
03/12/2017