With any new sophisticated technology, there comes the trial and error, the novelty, the speculation and the question of longevity. In this episode we pull back the curtain on artificial intelligence x music. Turns out it’s not all robots and conspiracy, so let’s debunk that. We wanted to explore the different sides of how machine learning can offer innovation in music making, as well as the budding questions of ethics and ownership that go along with it. Are you a musician curious about the creative opportunities AI can offer? We wanted to learn more about how musicians and computer scientists are working in tandem with machine learning and the challenges and milestones in this developing field.
To learn more we spoke to Ace Piva, musician and executive director at Over the Bridge, a non-profit organization that provides counselling services to help musicians with addiction and mental health. OTB worked alongside the “Lost Tapes of the 27 Club” – a campaign project that used AI to create new songs by said well-known artists of The 27 Club. We also spoke with Sageev Oore, musician, professor at Dalhousie University and research faculty member at the Vector Institute, to understand some of the more technical attributes concerning AI and machine learning in music making.