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Why Improvisation Is the Future in an AI-Dominated World
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Why Improvisation Is the Future in an AI-Dominated World

In his autobiography, Miles Davis complained that classical musicians were like robots. He spoke from experience – he’d studied classical music at Juilliard and recorded with classical musicians even after becoming a world-renowned jazz artist. As a music professor at the University of Florida, which is transforming itself into an “AI university,” I often think...

Success of Megamusicals Makes Space for Innovation
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Success of Megamusicals Makes Space for Innovation

Megamusicals have often been criticised in the academic world and in the media for their homogenizing tendencies, but increasing academic attention on them is providing us with new insights. In her inaugural lecture at the University of Amsterdam, professor by special appointment of the Musical Millie Taylor will outline the impact of megamusicals on local...

Simple Safety Measures Reduce Musical Covid-19 Transmission
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Simple Safety Measures Reduce Musical Covid-19 Transmission

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe in 2020, musicians around the world were desperate for the answers to two pressing questions: Can playing musical instruments transmit COVID-19? And if so, what can be done? Now, halfway through 2021, the first official research results are in—and it’s good news: The show can go on. Published...

Researchers Develop Real-Time Lyric Generation Technology to Inspire Song Writing
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Researchers Develop Real-Time Lyric Generation Technology to Inspire Song Writing

  Music artists can find inspiration and new creative directions for their song writing with technology developed by Waterloo researchers. LyricJam, a real-time system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate lyric lines for live instrumental music, was created by members of the University’s Natural Language Processing Lab. The lab, led by Olga Vechtomova, a Waterloo Engineering...

‘Talking Drum’ Shown to Accurately Mimic Speech Patterns of West African Language
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‘Talking Drum’ Shown to Accurately Mimic Speech Patterns of West African Language

Musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton are considered virtuosos, guitarists who could make their instruments sing. Drummers in west Africa who play hourglass-shaped percussion instruments called dùndúns can make their instrument not only sing, but talk. New research published in the journal Frontiers in Communication is one of the first to show the high degree...

Algorithm-Based Music Recommendations: Low Accuracy for Lovers of Non-Mainstream Music
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Algorithm-Based Music Recommendations: Low Accuracy for Lovers of Non-Mainstream Music

A team of researchers from Graz University of Technology, Know-Center GmbH, Johannes Kepler University Linz, University of Innsbruck, Austria and University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, compared how accurate algorithm-generated music recommendations were for mainstream and non-mainstream music listeners. They used a dataset containing the listening histories of 4,148 users of the music streaming platform Last.fm...

Independent Music Squashed Out of Streaming Playlists and Revenue
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Independent Music Squashed Out of Streaming Playlists and Revenue

Bands and artists on independent record labels get less than their fair share of access to the most popular playlists on streaming platforms such as Spotify – argues a new paper from the University of East Anglia. The paper looks at whether streaming platforms offer a level playing field for artists and record labels. It finds...

‘The Wall’ Cemented Pink Floyd’s Fame – but Destroyed the Band
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‘The Wall’ Cemented Pink Floyd’s Fame – but Destroyed the Band

Forty years ago, on Nov. 30, 1979, the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd released its 11th studio album, “The Wall.” Featuring 26 tracks, two records and an opera-esque story line, the concept album would go on to become the number two bestselling double album in history. But it would also mark the last time...

Why Music Makes Us Feel, According to AI
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Why Music Makes Us Feel, According to AI

In a new paper, a team of University of Southern California (USC) computer scientists and psychologists teamed up to investigate how music affects how you act, feel and think Your heart beats faster, palms sweat and part of your brain called the Heschl’s gyrus lights up like a Christmas tree. Chances are, you’ve never thought...