Google Doodle taps AI to unleash your inner Bach

CNET | 3/20/2019 | Steven Musil
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Harmonize with Johann Sebastian Bach.

If you've ever listened to classical music and thought, "I could write that," Google has the key to your success.

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To mark the 354th birthday of renowned German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Google on Thursday launched its first-ever artificial intelligence-powered Doodle, which harmonizes a melody of your own creation into Bach's Baroque style of music. Widely regarded as one of the world's greatest composers, Bach produced hundreds of compositions, including cantatas, concertos, suites and chorales, over his lifetime.

Bach already had a great deal of musical knowledge close at hand when he was born in Eisenach, Germany, in 1685. His family included 50 known musicians and several notable composers.

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But you and I most likely need a little help to create compositions that sound like Bach's Art of Fugue or Brandenburg Concertos. So Google used machine learning to analyze more than 300 Bach compositions, and with the push of a button, the Doodle will use what it's learned to transform your two-measure melody into Bach's signature style.

Composing Bach, made easy with machine learning.

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Within the interactive experience, you can start with simple existing melodies, change the key of the composition and even listen to your composition with a modern rock twist.

The use of AI is spreading like wildfire across the tech industry for everything from speech recognition to spam filtering. The term generally refers to technology called machine learning or to neural networks that are loosely modeled on the human brain. Once you've trained a neural network with real-world data, it can, for example, learn to spot a spam email, transcribe your spoken words into a text message or recognize a cat.

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Helping out the Google Doodle team on this project were Google's Magenta and PAIR teams. Magenta is an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art, while...
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