I’m trying very hard to live in the future. A future where I don’t need
to touch light switches because the room knows what kind of light is needed. A future where copyright is reasonable. A future where transportation doesn’t suck. A future where the octopuses have their rightful seats on Earth 1’s Privy Council.
Next time you’re looking for new podcasts, try out some FUTURE podcasts!
Podcast #1: 2100
Jason Peters hosts “2100”, which is about the year 2100, and sometimes addressed to the people of 2100. This is the reason podcasts exist. Real people talking about their fears, expectations, and hopes of something they care about. It’s just like talking to some of your more interesting friends who are interested in the FUTURE!
Check it out
Podcast #2: Our Ludicrous Future
Tim Dodd, Ben Sullins, and Joe Scott talk weekly about electric cars, space missions, and rockets. Each of the hosts specialize in one area and there is a lot of good explanation on the news of stuff that is building our FUTURE!
MuseNet generates MIDI data. That data is then rendered out using synthesizers that you can hear on the twitch stream.
Composition Quality: As good as most people. The Bach styles are quite good (better than most people). The contemporary styles like Broadway, Movie Themes, and TV Themes are not as good. Okay, most of them sound terrible – but they would be passable if played by people.
Audio Quality: Worse than most people. These renderings aren’t going to take anyone’s jobs, and there is little of use here beyond novelty – but that’s not the AI’s fault. Someone could hook it up to better virtual instruments, and I’d bump this rating up.
Importance: Medium. This isn’t the first MIDI AI to come along, but it is fairly general, in that it can current do a number of different styles. It also has a nice web interface and streams on Twitch sometimes!
Long-Term Prospects: Low. There are a lot of abstractions going on here. The training data is MIDI, so the output is also MIDI. This AI will never learn how to play the violin or pipe organ, but it does a good job of writing notes for a violin. This is a composition helper tool more than a finished-music generation tool.
This technology does a good job of understanding chords and melodies. If you pair this with a better MIDI rendering engine you could create usable background music for public spaces and video games.
The note-based MIDI approach is a lighter-weight solution that doesn’t require as much computing power as generating a 16-bit 44khz waveform directly.
I enjoy relaxing background music things. I looked out into the world for this music, and there was a lot of music, but none of it was right. When I want calm – this is the kind of thing I want! Super crazy hit-you-in-the-head calm! I want mega-aggro-calm. The flute in this recording is a standard C flute slowed to half speed. The river is running at normal river speed. You can download the full uncompressed files here!
Gather ’round the tavern’s fire and I will share a tale for as long as I have ale. Hah! “Tale and ale!” I’m not guaranteeing rhymes, though. That was a coincidence. I was playing lute for an uninterested group of tavern-goers, when all of a sudden, I remembered that I had a sandwich for lunch! It looks like I’m out of ale, so that is the end of my tale. You can download the full uncompressed files here!