“Ugh,” my dad used to grunt when I switched on Radio 1 . “This music sounds like it was written by a computer”.
It’s a criticism that’s been levelled at synthpop for years. But what if it was true?
Taryn Southern, a YouTube star and content creator, has just released a song she wrote with the help of artificial intelligence.
Called Break Free, it’s a brooding ballad that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Hunger Games soundtrack.
Southern wrote the lyrics and melody, but the backing track was built by her laptop, after she punched in a number of settings for the song’s mood, tempo and instrumentation.
“My new collaborator is not human,” she grins. “It’s an AI algorithm”.