Abbey Road Studios uses artificial intelligence to explore the future of music

Abbey Road Studios uses artificial intelligence (AI) to explore the future of music. As part of its Abbey Road RED incubator programme, the London-based music studio hosted its first hackathon using Microsoft technology.

One hundred music producers and technologists were invited to find new ways to record and improve the engineering process. The incubation program aims to find and mentor inventors and companies to bring the next generation of music technologies to the music industry.

Microsoft provided the AI ​​technology and sent experts to the event to gather feedback on how cognitive services could be used in music.

“I’m extremely excited to share some of Microsoft’s latest AI tools with attendees of the Abbey Road RED Hackathon,” said Noelle LaCharite, Leading Applied AI Development Manager at Microsoft. “Our suite of AI technologies, including object detection, sentiment analysis, and natural language understanding, has impressive potential for musicians, engineers, audio programmers, and designers.”

Abbey Road RED start-ups and partners demonstrated smart microphones, instruments and chip-level devices to inspire hackers.

“In the same room that saw the birth of the recording industry, we embraced the next paradigm shift in music creation – exploring the influence of the latest technologies and high-performance computing on our tools creative,” said Dom Dronska, head of digital at Abbey Road Studios. “For the first time ever, we have brought together the most brilliant technologists and music producers and created a unique inspiring atmosphere where beautiful accidents can happen. Abbey Road’s sole purpose is to enable creativity in its many forms, and today we’re using artificial intelligence and machine learning to see how music creators can apply technology in the post-digital age.

The main Microsoft award went to Rapple for its AI-powered rap battle partner, which uses Microsoft’s voice recognition software to listen to someone freestyle using a beat, then respond over the same beat. The solution could help freestyle rappers train and inspire songwriters.

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