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AI generated music, the next frontier?

The digital age has ushered in revolutionary changes across various industries, and now, it's transforming the realm of music—a domain traditionally dominated by human creativity and technical skill. Last year, AI like ChatGPT sparked discussions on its applications in business functions, from marketing to IT, altering job roles and workflows. This year, the spotlight turns to the music industry with innovative tools like Udio, which are quickly gaining traction and reshaping the landscape of music production.

What is Udio?

Udio is at the forefront of AI-driven music generation. This tool converts text prompts into complex musical compositions, offering users two distinct modes of operation: an automatic mode that optimises prompts for the best musical output, and a manual mode that allows for complete customization of the musical prompts. This flexibility ensures that both novices and seasoned musicians can express themselves in unique and meaningful ways.

Udio beta was released to the public in April and me and the team decided to have a little play. Here’s what we found. 

Our Experience with Udio

We experimented with various prompts, from simple phrases like "a song about summer" to more complex descriptions where we even provided some lyrics. The results were astonishing—Udio not only captured the essence of our descriptions but also added layers of depth and emotion to the music, showcasing its powerful AI algorithms. Here are a few of the results:

Prompt: “a song about summer

Prompt: "a song about the high life, pop, house”

Prompt: “alternative hip-hop, playful, female vocal” (we also did this in manual mode)

Original lyrics

“We're big city living 

and it's just the beginning 

of the fast pace living 

coz the energy we're bringing 

It keeps on hitting

coz it's joy we're emitting“ 

We are by no means experts at this new technology but what it was able to do with our simple prompts was nothing short of impressive. 

Exploring Use Cases Beyond Music Production

After our play, we had a chat about how tools like Udio could be used beyond inspiring music production. Here are some of our thoughts. 

  • Content Creation: Bloggers, YouTubers, and podcasters can generate unique soundtracks that enhance the appeal and originality of their content.

  • Advertising: Companies can create bespoke jingles and background music that align with their brand identity, enhancing their marketing campaigns. Here’s one we created in as little as 30 seconds for Clear View Sound.  

  • Gaming: Game developers can use Udio to craft custom audio landscapes, making each gaming experience uniquely immersive.

  • Education and Therapy: Educators and therapists can incorporate custom-made music into their sessions, providing a tailored therapeutic or learning experience.

  • Personal Entertainment: Individuals can experiment with music creation for personal enjoyment or to share their creations on social media. Create a love song for your crush, a happy birthday jingle for your bestie, the possibilities are endless. 

Navigating Challenges

Despite its benefits, the integration of AI in music creation is not without challenges. The possibility of AI impersonating artists raises significant copyright concerns. Whilst Udio doesn't allow you to write artist names in the prompt, some of its outputs have crazy similarities to real artists. Our Clear View Sound jingle has a very similar style to A Tribe Called Quest. These similarities may limit the use of these automated songs, and may not be suitable for all forms of advertising, according to our head of marketing. We're yet to test this and will update you with our findings.

There are also cultural and ethical questions about whether AI can truly replicate the cultural significance and emotional depth that human composers bring to their music. However Udio includes the ability to add your own lyrics and instrumentals, so the human creative genius can be applied to this technology and may be it simply speeds up the process of music production.

Final thoughts 

Tools like Udio are democratising music production, making it accessible to a broader audience and providing a new platform for self-expression. While there are hurdles, such as issues with artist impersonation, these are typical of any groundbreaking technology. Udio itself is supported by some of the biggest names in the industry and seems to be looking to work with artists to contribute positively to the creative world.

We as a team are excited to see how it will develop, and we'll continue to play with this new shiny tool. 

Right now, Udio is in beta and is allowing 600 free generations per month. It will no doubt become a paid for service in the future so here’s your chance jump on and have a play. 


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