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ai music: the solution no one asked for

AI Music: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant strides in various fields, and music is no exception. AI music technology promises to democratize the music-making process, allowing anyone to create music regardless of their technical abilities or musical knowledge. However, there's a growing sentiment in the music industry that this technological innovation might not be the panacea it's often made out to be. In fact, some argue that AI music doesn't solve any meaningful problems for music producers, and may even exacerbate the problem of an oversaturated music market.

The Tools Already in Play

Music producers today have access to an impressive array of tools that greatly facilitate the music-making process. MIDI technology, virtual instruments, and sample libraries are just a few of these tools that have revolutionized how music is created.

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) allows producers to write, record, and edit musical notes on their computers. Virtual instruments mimic the sounds of real instruments, eliminating the need for physical instruments or live recordings. Sample libraries provide a vast array of pre-recorded sounds and loops, reducing the time and effort required to create unique sounds from scratch.

These tools have already democratized music production to a large extent, lowering the barriers to entry and allowing anyone with a computer to create music. They offer a powerful blend of flexibility, creativity, and precision control, catering to the diverse needs and workflows of music producers.

AI Music: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

AI music, at its core, is about automating the music creation process. It uses algorithms to generate melodies, harmonies, rhythms, and even complete compositions. But does this automation solve any meaningful problems for music producers?

Many argue that it does not. For one, the AI-generated music often lacks the emotional depth and creative flair that characterizes great music. While it may be able to mimic certain patterns and styles, it can't replicate the human touch – the nuance, the emotion, the subtle variations that breathe life into a piece of music.

Moreover, the technology is often marketed as a tool for non-musicians or amateur musicians, but this raises another issue: does the music world need more producers? The music industry is already saturated with content, much of it struggling to gain attention amidst the clamor of streaming platforms.

The Risk of Oversaturation

The proliferation of AI music threatens to add even more noise to an already crowded music market. With AI tools, anyone can churn out song after song with little effort. This could lead to a surge in low-quality, soulless music that only serves to dilute the overall quality of music available.

In an industry where discovery and visibility are already significant challenges, the influx of AI-generated music could make it even harder for talented artists and producers to stand out.


While AI music is undoubtedly an exciting technological development, it's worth questioning whether it truly solves a problem or merely creates new ones. For music producers who already have a wealth of powerful tools at their disposal, AI music might seem like a solution in search of a problem. And for an industry grappling with issues of oversaturation and discoverability, the prospect of even more music – particularly if it's of low quality – might not be a welcome one. As with any technology, the key will be in how we choose to use it, striking a balance between innovation and preserving the artistry that makes music so compelling.


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