Like many revolutionary technologies, artificial intelligence generates fears of disruption and redundancy within every industry it touches. For independent composers and producers who work creating original music for corporate advertising, for instance, an app that can reproduce their work for less money in less time is a frightening prospect.

"Music poses problems," music researcher at the University of Huddersfield, Steven Jan, tells DW. "It's one of the most cognitively, mechanically and emotionally demanding of all human activities, making it difficult for a computer to replicate. It's the ultimate frontier of AI."

"We are still at a stage of explorative creativity", says Velardo, referring to the way AI systems are able to learn and operate creatively within the boundaries of a conceptual space, and can ultimately imitate established styles of music.

Period19 Oct 2017

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