It’s only 83 seconds long, involves only one instrument, and isn’t the catchiest tune in the world, but cut it some slack—it’s the first song ever composed by a machine.
This week Google’s Magenta project released a short piano composition produced by an artificial intelligence program Magenta developed. Only the first four notes were man-made; the rest was up to the machine.
This is the first tangible result of the work being done at Magenta, which Google announced last month at Moogfest. The aim of the project is to see if A.I. can be artistically creative.
“Our main goal is to design algorithms that learn how to generate art and music,” Magenta says on its website. “We believe this area is in its infancy, and expect to see fast progress here.”
With all that in mind, the robot’s song sounds better each time you hear it.