Google project releases computer-composed piano tune

Google has unveiled a machine-learning project that is attempting to create ‘compelling’ music and art created entirely by computers. The project, dubbed Magenta, has already released a 90 second piano melody to demonstrate the system’s capabilities. While somewhat sparse and lacking in emotion, the short piece has a distinctive melody of sorts with repeating refrains that could almost be hummable if listened to enough times. Magenta is the latest project from Google Brain, which is researching how computers can be used to create ‘neural networks’ that leverage massive amounts of data to solve tasks that are seemingly beyond the well-understood capabilities of computers. In a blog post announcing its creation, the Magenta team readily admits that the project may not be able to create compelling music but if it can’t…


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