SiliconANGLE: OpenAI debuts Jukebox, a machine learning framework that creates its own music

SiliconANGLE: OpenAI debuts Jukebox, a machine learning framework that creates its own music. “Artificial intelligence research outfit OpenAI Inc. has published a new machine learning framework that can generate its own music after being trained on raw audio. The new tool is called Jukebox, and the results are pretty impressive. Although the songs it made don’t quite sound like the real thing, they’re very close approximations to the originals.”

The Verge: Here are a bunch of free music apps and sample packs while we’re all stuck inside

The Verge: Here are a bunch of free music apps and sample packs while we’re all stuck inside. “Life looks very different right now as the novel coronavirus has millions around the world stuck indoors. Festivals, clubs, and even house parties are banned in many cities, leaving musicians (and music lovers) housebound and searching for creative outlets. Over the past few weeks, several music companies have responded by offering freebies in order to, as Korg said, provide ‘a musical way to occupy your mind.'”

Mashable: Apple makes video and music software free amid coronavirus pandemic

Mashable: Apple makes video and music software free amid coronavirus pandemic. “Apple has made its professional-grade software for video editing and music making – Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X – free with a 90-day trial. Normally, Final Cut Pro X has a 30-day trial, which has now been extended to 90 days, and works even if you’re already on a 30-day trial. And Logic Pro X, which didn’t have any sort of free trial so far, now gets the 90-day trial option as well.”

Enterprise NXT: 4 ways AI is helping musicians—and the entire music industry

Enterprise NXT: 4 ways AI is helping musicians—and the entire music industry. “AI uses machine learning models to produce new patterns and correlations based on the data it was trained from. In the case of music, almost 100 million recorded songs exist. Many scores of scores provide a deep base of data that’s hard to beat, and plucky researchers have taken note: AI’s ability to learn and iterate on its knowledge can change the way musicians work. And now, it’s impacting the entire music industry.”

Arizona Daily Sun: Mudshark Recording Studios embarks on archiving, digitization project

Arizona Daily Sun: Mudshark Recording Studios embarks on archiving, digitization project. “David James gets at least 10 calls a month from musicians in Flagstaff—or musicians who were once in Flagstaff—hoping to convert recordings they made here long ago to CDs or get in touch with Phil Gall, the late founder of Mudshark Recording Studios. James often finds himself tasked with delivering the sad news of Gall’s death in 2014, but rather than turn the callers away he still offers to take the recordings.”

The Verge: Fender’s new app is a giant chord library that integrates with Apple Music

The Verge: Fender’s new app is a giant chord library that integrates with Apple Music. “Fender Songs is a new iOS app from the veteran guitar manufacturer which lets you learn the chords to millions of songs on guitar, piano, or the ukulele. The app is available to download now for iPhone with a rotating selection of chords available for free, and you can get access to its full library with a subscription costing $4.99 a month or $41.99 a year.”

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album. “YACHT had long possessed an interest in AI and its potential application in music. But the band tells Ars it wasn’t until recently, around 2016, that the concept of doing a full album using this approach seemed feasible. While research entities had long been experimenting with AI or machine learning and allowing computers to autonomously generate music, the results felt more science project than albums suitable for DFA Records (home to labelmates like Hot Chip or LCD Soundsystem). Ultimately, a slow trickle of simplified apps leveraging AI—face swap apps felt huge around then; Snapchat and its dynamic filters rose to prominence—finally gave the band the idea that now could be the time.”

How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson (DJ Booth)

DJ Booth: How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson. “When I first started in the music business at 18, the term “mini-budget” was unheard of. Working in the major label system, even a small budget could quickly balloon to the six-figure mark. Sure, streaming was starting to rear its head, but it hadn’t fully formed and placed its inevitable grip on the music industry’s neck—yet. We were still sitting pretty in the center of the ‘good ol’ days’ of the music industry as some of the OG’s like to call it. But the tides were indeed turning and they were turning fast. Fast forward to 2019, and we’re in the midst of the streaming era. Anyone with access to a computer and Wi-Fi can easily create and upload a song or full project with the push of a button (or a command to Siri). But what does it really mean to properly release a song or album these days?” This article is really good, but please note that this page does contain some NSFW words, including one word that you will not hear my white self ever say.

RA News: Spotify and SoundGirls launch database for women in audio production

RA News: Spotify and SoundGirls launch database for women in audio production. “The initiative aims to bring gender parity to the music industry at a time when less than five percent of all audio professionals are estimated to be women. The free online database is a place to showcase work and build connections and serves as a tool for those looking to hire.”

How-To Geek: The Best Sites for Creating Digital Music

How-To Geek: The Best Sites for Creating Digital Music. “When you’re at home with your favorite instruments, it’s easy to create a masterpiece. But, musical inspiration can strike anywhere. What do you then? The following websites will help you create digital music right in your browser. All you need are some skills (not always) and an internet connection.”

How-To Geek: The Best Free DJ Apps

How-to Geek: The Best Free DJ Apps. “Being a DJ used to be expensive. Even if you had no skills, you’d have to invest in equipment worth thousands of dollars to start. Thankfully, technology has bought those costs down. Today, you can learn to DJ for just a few dollars, even for free! The following apps will help improve your DJ skills—whether you want to do it personally or professionally.”

Business Insider: A Google intern helped build an AI tool inspired by ‘Guitar Hero’ to let rookies play piano

Business Insider: A Google intern helped build an AI tool inspired by ‘Guitar Hero’ to let rookies play piano. “Self-playing pianos have existed for a while now, but now a team at Google have effectively built a self-improvising piano. A team of three at Google’s Magenta research project were inspired by ‘Guitar Hero’ to build a tool to let non-musicians make music using a simplified set of buttons. The team was made up of two Google AI researchers and one from Deepmind, Google’s British AI firm.”

IEEE Spectrum: Build Your Own Google Neural Synthesizer

IEEE Spectrum: Build Your Own Google Neural Synthesizer. “NSynth uses a deep neural network to distill musical notes from various instruments down to their essentials. Google’s developers first created a digital archive of some 300,000 notes, including up to 88 examples from about 1,000 different instruments, all sampled at 16 kilohertz. They then input those data into a deep-learning model that can represent all those wildly different sounds far more compactly using what they call ’embeddings.’ That exercise supposedly took about 10 days running on thirty-two K40 graphics [PDF] processing units. Why do that? Well, with those results, you can now answer a question like ‘What do you get when you cross a piano with a flute?’ (Musicians: Insert joke here.)”

Mixdown Magazine: Introducing Note Kitchen, A New Search Engine For Chords And Scales

Mixdown Magazine: Introducing Note Kitchen, A New Search Engine For Chords And Scales. “If music theory isn’t your strong point, this one’s for you: Note Kitchen is a brand new search engine designed to create visualisations of all those tricky chords and scales you just can’t figure out on your own.”