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An artificial intelligence algorithm has created "new" Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana songs

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We've heard AI-generated songs mimic the work of AC/DC, Metallica and more. Now artificial intelligence software has generated "new" Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana tracks, along with other artists and bands with members who died at the age of 27, to help raise awareness for the importance of mental health support amongst musicians and members of the music industry. The Hendrix song, You're Gonna Kill Me, and the Nirvana track, Drowned In the Sun, are part of a new project by the Toronto-based organization, Over the Bridge, which has put together a compilation, all created via artificial intelligence, in the style of musicians who died at the age of 27. The release, titled Lost Tapes of the 27 Club, also features songs in the style of the Doors and Amy Winehouse, all made through Google's AI program Magenta, which analyses an artist's previous work in order to learn how to compose like them. An additional AI program was used to create the lyrics.


Stormzy's game face: grime artist goes digital for latest hit

The Guardian

Stormzy has filmed the music video for Rainfall, the forthcoming single from his No 1 album Heavy is the Head, entirely inside a video game. The award-winning grime artist and social activist will also star as a future version of himself in a mission in the game, Watch Dogs: Legion, which is released on 29 October. Watch Dogs: Legion invites players to join the hacker resistance in a futuristic post-Brexit London under the thumb of an oppressive surveillance regime and its private military. Any of the thousands of different Londoners wandering the virtual streets can be recruited to the cause, and the player can control any one of them. The game, which is being developed by Ubisoft in Toronto and comes out next month, recreates various London locations from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hamlets and Camden.


This Neural Network Can Generate Lyrics Just Like Your Favourite Artiste

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Artificial Intelligence is the notion of machines that exhibit intelligence and mimic cognitive functions that are usually associated with humans such as learning, reasoning, predicting, planning, recognising, and even problem-solving. Now, AI tools are being increasingly integrated into technological solutions and now it can even be induced in to generate lyrics that match the style of unique music artists. Now, the researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada, have recently achieved this feat by developing a system that can generate such song lyrics. According to Olga Vechtomova, University of Waterloo, one of the minds behind this innovation presses on the fact that the base of the research is the ultimate result of curiosity that imbibes in each and every human being and that is to know whether a machine can generate lines that could sound like the lyrics of my favourite music artists. While working on text generative models, The research team founded that neural networks had the capability to generate some of the most creative and impressive lines of text.


Artificial intelligence is in a bubble: Here's why we should build it anyway

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Stephen Piron is co-founder of Dessa, a Toronto-based AI company formerly known as DeepLearni.ng If you want to get an idea of the future of artificial intelligence, consider the internet mania of the late 1990s. I studied computer science at the University of Toronto in 1999 and had an intimate view of the heady days of the internet's hype. The internet and how it would change the world was on everyone's minds and professors were always quick to remind us teenage undergrads that we'd be the rock stars of our time. Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.


Sick of the same old Christmas Carols? AI can write you a new tune

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It's Christmas Day!! How many carol singers have you encountered so far this? Or how many times have you heard Michael Bublé on repeat? Whilst there's a new Christmas Number One every year, they're never particularly festive thanks to the X-Factor, and no one seems to be dedicating their time to creating a new generation of Christmas classics. What to do when humans are failing at a task? Last Christmas, Researchers from University of Toronto developed an AI system that composes and then sings a Christmas song through analysing an image that you upload.


The first AI pop album is on its way Toronto Star

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If you've ever lamented that everything you hear on the radio today sounds like it was written by a machine, brace yourself for the future: The robots are coming.


Canada 150: What is Canada really good at?

BBC News

Canada is a country with a relatively small population of just about 36 million people, but its citizens have still been busy inventing, innovating and entertaining. In the run up to Canada Day, we asked BBC readers to tell us what they thought were some of the biggest contributions the country has made to the world. Here are some of those suggestions. The list of Canadian singers, actors, comedians and entertainers is extensive. Readers flagged artists Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Drake, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Alanis Morissette and Justin Bieber as just a handful of the musicians who have achieved global fame and swept awards shows for their work.


Jingle Bytes? Artificial Intelligence Writes a Christmas Song

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You might find yourself wishing for a silent night after you hear the first Christmas carol written by artificial intelligence. The new tune makes its holiday season debut courtesy of a team of computer scientists in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. The researchers fed 100 hours of pop songs to a type of artificial intelligence (AI) known as a recurrent neural network, which learns and performs by building connections between input data, much like the human brain does. In this case, the uploaded songs taught the neural network about the general structure of pop music. The researchers then tested its ability to generate a song about an image -- a decorated Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped presents -- using a process called "neural story singing," which they described in a study currently under review for a conference presentation.


Jingle Bytes? Artificial Intelligence Writes a Christmas Song

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You might find yourself wishing for a silent night after you hear the first Christmas carol written by artificial intelligence. The new tune makes its holiday season debut courtesy of a team of computer scientists in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. The researchers fed 100 hours of pop songs to a type of artificial intelligence (AI) known as a recurrent neural network, which learns and performs by building connections between input data, much like the human brain does. In this case, the uploaded songs taught the neural network about the general structure of pop music. The researchers then tested its ability to generate a song about an image -- a decorated Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped presents -- using a process called "neural story singing," which they described in a study currently under review for a conference presentation.


The Canadian AI that writes holiday chiptunes

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The Toronto researchers relied on a pair of neural networks to create the AI. The first network was trained in the art of carolling with a hundred hours of online music. This enabled it to generate a basic 120 BPM melody -- complete with chords and drums -- based on a musical scale and melodic profile. To write the lyrics, a second neural net was shown a picture of a Christmas tree, which served as the song's subject. Put those elements together and you've got yourself a cheerful holiday ditty perfect for listening to while waiting out Robot Santa Claus' annual reign of terror.