There's some bad news for musicians. Music generators are powered by artificial intelligence, and it looks like they are aiming for a strong position in the content creation industry.
"From streamers to filmmakers to app builders, we've made it easier than ever for content creators of all kinds to license custom, high-quality, royalty-free music," says the music generating app Mubert AI.
Computer-generated music has been around for a long time, making use of various forms of artificial intelligence to come up with results that can sound like a real thing.
The new generation of music-generators, led by Mubert Artificial Intelligence, feels like a different beast. They're less like creative integrations for the music-making process, and more like creative replacements for musicians themselves, eliminating the need to pay for labor or royalties.
Both platforms are good at generating music that sounds like it was created by a human, but they work differently.
On the other hand, Mubert Artificial Intelligence creates music that sounds like you're in an elevator. Over 4,000 creators make over one million music samples, according to their website. In order to make a track, a user selects a combination of genre and mood signifiers, and boom, a song is born.
It's a bit more involved because of the work that's being done on vocals and lyrics. The machine picks up where the user left off by picking up audio clips from the user's feed.
Mubert AI's argument for its existence is dependent on the fact that actual musicians and producers are part of its process, who stand to earn some money from whatever samples they create for the platform. No such claims are made by the search engine.
We can see that we understand it. Synthetic content creation makes it easy for a lot of creators to keep up.
It's always worth wondering what gets lost in a new world of artificial intelligence.