Fake Drake controversy is just the start of what AI will bring to music – National

So far, the most talked about song of the month is neither a new Foo Fighters single nor a Taylor Swift song, featuring vocals from both Drake and The Weeknd, and from both artists at the same time. It was a track that had not been

If you’re confused, wait.

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heart on my sleeve It was created by someone named Ghostwriter977 who used artificial intelligence to mimic the vocal styles of both performers. The result is a brand new software-born song that sounds like Drake and The Weeknd spent a weekend in the studio together.

Ghostwriter977 has posted tracks on all streaming music services (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Tidal, and Deezer) and has been played and watched hundreds of thousands of times. His TikTok posts have been streamed 15 million times. One of her Twitter posts got him 20 million clicks.

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Drake and The Weeknd’s home label, Universal Music, complained loudly, heart on my sleeve was dropped off. But the internet has been around forever, so it’s easy to find with a Google search. Universal denounced the practice of using real songs by real artists to train an AI to create new and different songs, calling it “a breach of our contract and a violation of copyright law.” criticized. The label also challenged streaming music services, stating that it “has a legal and ethical responsibility to prevent the use of its services in a way that harms artists.”

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There is a lot to unpack in this situation.

Drake and The Weeknd aren’t the only ones to find fake versions of themselves online. I am a human artist. Imagine being sent a link to your song instead of your own. Do you feel raped and cheated?

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In the case of Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey’s work, both singers gave compliments and seemed to like the result. Not sure if they were compensated.

Legal issues surrounding these fake songs have boiled over in recent years.

First, the copyright laws are ambiguous when it comes to these new AI songs. Neither Drake nor The Weeknd wrote or sang this song.They had nothing to do with it and make no configuration or performance claims. heart on my sleeve Created by machines without any input from them. The final product just happens to sound eerily familiar. It’s also concerning that the topic of this song is Selena Gomez, who was once dating The Weeknd. Singing voices exchange her verses about her.

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The legal implications are unclear, as many jurisdictions (including Canada) consider only human-made music to be copyrighted. There are no laws specific to creating AI (although the EU is working on it). As the person who programmed the AI, can Ghostwriter977 claim ownership of the songs? Yes, depending on how the law is interpreted. For example, you can claim: heart on my sleeve It was a collaboration between man and machine. Then there’s what’s called “transformation parody” that’s legal. But what exactly does “transformative” mean? The legal system has not yet been tested on it.

Another issue has to do with images and similarities. In the past, great care had to be taken when a third party used someone else’s features for unauthorized uses. Imagine how you would feel if you came across a virtual version of yourself. He looks and sounds like himself, but he does things he never does and says things he never says. Also, if your online clone makes a slanderous or slanderous remark, who will answer it?

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other artists such as Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, and David Guetta are bullish about the potential for AI to be used for creative purposes.Needless to say getter The future of music lies in AIAnd they may be right, given certain precedents.

In the late 1970s and early 80s, technology enabled artists to break songs down into samples, which were then reassembled into new songs. Sampling has become an essential production tool and, after a period of legal obscurity, is now an accepted part of music production. As long as you follow the rules and procedures and pay the sample usage fee, there is no problem.

Sampling has given rise to something called “interpolation,” which incorporates old songs into the foundation of new ones. A great example of interpolation is Rick James’ use of his 1981 song. a very strange person. Ingeniously recycled for MC Hammer’s. U can’t touch display (1990) and more recently Super Freaky Girl Nicki Minaj (2022).right holder of very strange person (now the Hipgnosis Song Fund) will receive revenue from these interpolations.

Samples and interpolations are mandated by law. Will the same happen with AI? I bet on it.

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Let’s say your singing or speaking voice is particularly pleasant.You may soon be able to license your voiceprint to companies that can use it to create voiceovers and narrations. already existsThis leads to the possibility of Morgan Freeman narrating documentaries about penguins for the next 100 years.

Or there could be more projects like this. A British band called Breezer had grown fed up with all the promises of an Oasis reunion, so they employed AI to create the next best thing. They figured out how to create something that resembled the authentic Oasis sound of 1994-1996, and the results were spectacular. Even Liam Gallagher has admitted: I sound mega.


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I know someone is working on a Beatles reunion album. Licensing an AI project, if done well, can make a lot of money in the same way that artists make money from samples and interpolations.

But let’s go a little dystopian again. If anyone could write a song with AI, streaming music services could be flooded with new tracks written by machines with the help of human programmers in the near future. The number of songs in the streamer’s library will probably be exponentially much higher than his current 100 million or so, making it harder for anyone to get out of the noise.

Still, some of these songs are hits. Then what? Will the record label set up an AI division for the express purpose of creating and promoting artificial stars?You bet. Revenue-generating music without having to deal with pesky musicians and all the overhead that comes with it. This will give birth to a new generation of creatives who will make music without having to learn how to play every note. Again, good or bad? Let’s see.

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AI training has also become easier. Feed it music from Spotify, for example, and the program analyzes millions of data points within the song. From there, you can take characteristics of what you hear and synthesize new ones. to Google new AI It will write a song for you based on the instructions just given sentences. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to type in things like, ‘Write me a song with Metallica-like riffs and Madonna-like vocals. boom. end.

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This goes beyond music. You can use all kinds of creative work to train your AI, from images to writing.I have a project called have i been trained This allows users to know when someone has used their copyrighted material for AI purposes without permission. More policing of this type is expected.

Featuring Google CEO Sundar Pachai 60 minutes Early this month. He believes AI will eventually become as important to humanity as fire or electricity. He also believes now is the time to start making rules and laws. Businesses, organizations, and governments need to work together to minimize the amount of evil done using AI.

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Meanwhile, AI will become more sophisticated and will replace more and more humans. Who will experience the confusion first? The artist. A specific type of writer. people in the knowledge industry. Kind of creative. Of course, AI will create new jobs.Hey, there’s already a new gig opening called “”AI prompter

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If you were in the mid-’90s when this new thing called the “Internet” started to take off, you might remember thinking, “This is cool.” It will change many things. But no amount of imagination could have predicted how the Internet would reshape humanity in such a short period of time.

I feel the same way about AI. It could really open up new frontiers in music. But for everything else, I’m not so optimistic.

Alan Cross Broadcaster for Q107 and 102.1 the Edge, and a commentator for Global News.

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