The Serious Computer Vision Blog: Training a Rap Machine. “In my previous post, I gave a short tutorial on how to use the Google AI platform for small garage projects. In this post, I am going to follow up and talk about how I built (or more like an attempt to build) my holiday project, a machine that completes your rap lyrics using the ‘Transformer’ neural network.” I played with it a little using lyrics from G YAMAZAWA’s “North Cack”. It was… pretty good?
The first time I tried this it timed out, but the second time it worked. You may have to try it a few times. From The Verge: This handwashing lyrics generator is here to save you from singing Happy Birthday. “By this point, everyone (hopefully) knows that you should be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes for you to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice, to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases — including the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But now that we’re several months into the novel coronavirus outbreak, ‘Happy Birthday’ is starting to get a little old (creative hacks aside). So here’s Wash Your Lyrics, a new tool that automatically pairs the lyrics to a song of your choice with instructions on how to wash your hands properly.”
The Verge: This website creates karaoke song versions of any YouTube video. “If you’ve ever tried and failed to find your favorite song in a karaoke song book, you’ll have better luck on Youka, a free website that creates karaoke songs out of any YouTube video. Youka, short for ‘YouTube to karaoke,’ isolates vocals from tracks and pulls lyrics from sites online.”
Geekologie: A Website Where An Artificial Intelligence System Will Write Song Lyrics About Your Topic Of Choice. “These Lyrics Do Not Exist is a website connected to an artificial intelligence system that will write song lyrics about your topic of choice. You just enter that topic (or a person’s name), choose a style of music from country, metal, rock, pop, EDM, or rap, and whether you want the tone of the song to be very sad, sad, neutral, happy, or very happy.” Not going to admit how long I spent here generating pop songs with my husband’s name in them.
Music Business Worldwide: Genius Sues Google For ‘No Less Than $50m’, Alleging ‘Anticompetitive Practices’ Over Lyrics. “The company behind Lyrics website Genius, Genius Media Group Inc., is suing Google for ‘unethical, unfair and anticompetitive’ behaviour. Genius alleges that traffic to its site started to drop because its lyrics – which are annotated by its contributors – are being copied, and then published by Google via the tech giant’s lyrics partner, LyricFind.”
My Reddit filter tipped me to this new database of black metal music lyrics. From the GitHub page: “Database of Black Metal lyrics in .JSON format to be used for computer-assisted lyric analysis projects, collected from https://lyrics.fandom.com with additional metadata from https://www.metal-archives.com/ for my sociological bachelor thesis on Ideology and Black Metal.” There are over 11,000 songs in this collection.
Lifehacker: How to Add Song Lyrics to Your Instagram Story. “Last week Instagram added a new feature that allows you to add lyrics to your Instagram stories. The feature allows you to not only add a song to your Story (you’ve been able to do that for a while), but also sing along with those lyrics, similar to what you might do with the app TikTok.”
The Verge: Instagram appears to be testing stickers with song lyrics. “It looks as though Instagram is testing a new feature for stickers in its Stories feature: music lyrics that play out along with a video.”
TechXplore: A system to generate new song lyrics that match the style of specific artists. “Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada, have recently developed a system for generating song lyrics that match the style of particular music artists. Their approach, outlined in a paper pre-published on arXiv, uses a variational autoencoder (VAE) with artist embeddings and a CNN classifier trained to predict artists from MEL spectrograms of their song clips.”
How-To Geek: Best Sites for Finding Song Lyrics. “Have you ever discovered that you’ve been singing one of your favorite songs incorrectly all along? Instead of being embarrassed in front of your friends, it’s easier to use one of the lyrics searching website discussed below and find the actual lyrics of the song.”