AI completes Beethoven’s 1Oth Symphony

When humans and machines come together, the result is music to the ears (quite literally)

Ludwig von Beethoven had started work on his Tenth Symphony but, due to deteriorating health, he wasn’t able to complete it. Beethoven fans have since lamented over the unfinished work. Thanks to a team of music historians, musicologists, composers, and computer scientists, Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony is set to be released on October 9, 2021.

The AI lead on this project describes the daunting task of constructing an entire symphony from a handful of phrases (Link to article in comments). Over a period of 2 years, using completed compositions from Beethoven’s entire body of work and available sketches from the Tenth Symphony, the ask was to create that what Beethoven himself might have written.

My favorite section from the article-

“We anticipate some pushback to this work – those who will say that the arts should be off-limits from A.I. and that A.I. has no business trying to replicate the human creative process. Yet when it comes to the arts, I see A.I. not as a replacement, but as a tool – one that opens doors for artists to express themselves in new ways.

This project would not have been possible without the expertise of human historians and musicians. It took an immense amount of work – and, yes, creative thinking – to accomplish this goal.

At one point, one of the music experts on the team said that the A.I. reminded him of an eager music student who practices every day, learns, and becomes better and better.”

What are your expectations of Creative AI?

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