As these tools get better (and they’re improving quickly), it will no doubt trigger countless thinkpieces about how A.I., like home taping before it, is killing music.
Much will be made of the first time a song co-written by A.I. hits number one in the charts. But even if some elements of songwriting are sometimes delegated to software, it’s not going to spoil music forever. Just as autotune has gone from being a scourge spoiling music to just another tool in a producer’s plugins folder, A.I. will become a useful tool but not the ultimate songwriter.
Music is a very human thing. We crave the emotional connection it provides. A.I. won’t be able to offer that any time soon. And even if it is eventually better than some human songwriters, if it produces songs we love, will that be a completely bad thing?