Robot musicians to ‘transform’ industry as AI creates ‘golden age of creativity’

AI robots will soon bring a "golden age" of music and create edgy new sounds, experts believe.

Machines are said to be "transforming the music industry from top to bottom".

Tech expert Bernard Marr wrote in Forbes: "Progress in AI music is accelerating rapidly, thanks to researchers and musicians at major tech conferences and universities who want to integrate widespread AI into the music world.

"Many artists feel we’re about to enter a 'golden age' of creativity, powered by artificial intelligence, that can push music in new directions."

The international best-seller said musician David Cope had been using algorithms to get over "composer's block" for 30 years.

Content creators have also been using machine-made music for backing tracks on YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Instagram videos as they don't need to pay royalties, he wrote.

Grammy-nominated producer Alex da Kid used an AI programme to generate the track Not Easy, which reached number four on iTunes Hot Tracks chart 48 hours after its release.

Virtual artists that only exist on screens are also said to be a growing trend.

AI is also used to comb through music available on streaming platforms like Spotify.

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Mr Marr added: "AI technology is transforming the music industry in a myriad of ways, but creatives shouldn’t be worried about losing their jobs and being replaced by computers.

"We’re still a long way from artificial intelligence being able to create hit songs on their own.

"But as tools develop and the music industry learns how to use AI as a supplement to human creativity, our world will continue to sound sweeter and sweeter every year."

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It comes after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's multi-million pound Spotify deal was described as a "kick in the teeth" by musicians.

The Sussexes signed a contract – reportedly worth £18million – to produce and host podcasts for the music streaming service, much to the ire of musicians who complain the royalties they receive from Spotify are too low.

Rock stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Kate Bush, Robert Plant and Stevie Nicks this week called on the government to reform the way musicians are paid when their songs are streamed online.

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With Boris Johnson yet to respond to their calls for new legislation to protect artists paid as little as £0.0038 per stream, British musicians young and old have spoken to the Daily Star.

They blasted Spotify boss Horacio Gutierrez's claims defending the Sussexes podcast deal to MPs in February.

He claimed it would create a "virtuous cycle" that helps struggling musicians by getting more people on the site.

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