Google’s next artificial intelligence experiment, A.I. Duet is your new jam partner

By : |February 17, 2017 0

Good news for all the aspiring musicians. Now Google will help you improvise your notes and melodies, and also give you a partner to enjoy the jam session.

AI Duet, Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that responds to each and every note, tune or melody you play.

The app, created by the musician, Yotam Mann of the Google Creative Lab in New York, was released in November in San Francisco. Mann has also been part of other AI Experiments like Birds Sound, Giorgio Cam and Infinite Drum Machine.


Using machine learning, A.I. Duet notes the music you play with computer’s keyboard and runs it through a neural network. Basically, once you play a note, your computer will respond with similar notes, though it will sound random.

Dependent on an open source audio library Tone.js for its functioning, the bot learns the relationships between notes and timing and builds its music maps based on what you played. Over time, as you play music, the bot will compare what you’re playing with what it’s learned and responds with the best match in real time. According to the Verge report, “it’s able to generate its very own organic melodies also.”

The response technology was created in partnership with Creative Lab and Magenta, Google’s open-source computational music and art project.

Doug Eck, a Google research scientist working on Magenta, told VentureBeat, “Someone like my mom, who’s not technically savvy — she can actually play with this thing…That’s seriously an important outcome for AI Duet — to understand what these models are able to do.”

The app was also awarded with the “best demo” award at the 31st annual Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Barcelona in December.

Though it’s definitely worth a try, we doubt if it’ll make you a better music player.

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