Google’s first AI-powered Doodle lets you make music like Bach

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March 21, 2019 - Sigal Samuel of Vox writes: Even if you think you have no musical ability — or especially if you think that — you can compose a beautiful bit of music today, thanks to AI, Google, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

To celebrate the birthday of Bach, a beloved German composer born on March 21, 1685, Google has launched its first ever AI-powered Doodle. All you have to do is plunk down a few notes and the Doodle will add harmony to them in the signature style of Bach. I’ve got zero formal musical training, but I gave it a try. My little composition came out sounding surprisingly great!

It’s not really surprising, though, if you know a bit about machine learning, the process Google used to make this possible. Machine learning is a type of AI that involves feeding computers example after example of something, until they “learn” to create their own example — without ever having been given explicit instructions to follow. More...