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AI Songs

What'll happen to songwriters

By Thomas TerryPublished about a month ago 4 min read
AI Songs
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We live in a very strange time. Technology is constantly changing at a quick pace and is evolving quicker than we know how to handle it. People are beginning to wonder when they will lose their jobs to AI. People are even beginning to wonder how long until AI takes over and comes after us. I for one don't think we are going to be entering into the Terminator anytime soon but I can see the dangers of AI if not used carefully.

As most of you know I'm a poet and singer-songwriter. I love creating things and releasing them to the world. Using AI to help create poems and songs has intrigued me. I have found that it is still predictable and doesn't have the same feel as an actual human. People are afraid of the music industry with AI coming into existence. However, I truly believe as humans we thrive off of connection to others and this will always trump AI. We are drawn to real stories and real emotions and AI just cannot recreate human emotions authentically.

Even though I don't think AI is going to overtake the music industry anytime soon I do think it will begin to help out. It's fun and scary to ask Chat GPT to help write lyrics and then play along to them. Here is an example just to show you what I mean.

Prompt - "Write an alternative rock song with a verse, chorus, and bridge."

Response from Chat GPT

(Verse 1)

In the shadows of the city lights,

Where dreams fade into the night.

Lost souls wander the streets alone,

Searching for a place to call home.

(Chorus)

We're the misfits, the renegades,

Riding through the fire and the rain.

We'll break the chains that hold us down,

With a rebel yell, we'll wear the crown.

(Verse 2)

Broken hearts and shattered dreams,

We're the outcasts, or so it seems.

But we'll rise up from the ashes,

With a burning desire that never clashes.

(Chorus)

We're the misfits, the renegades,

Riding through the fire and the rain.

We'll break the chains that hold us down,

With a rebel yell, we'll wear the crown.

(Bridge)

In the silence of the night,

We'll find our voice, we'll take flight.

No more hiding in the shadows,

We'll light the fuse, ignite the battles.

(Chorus)

We're the misfits, the renegades,

Riding through the fire and the rain.

We'll break the chains that hold us down,

With a rebel yell, we'll wear the crown.

(Outro)

So raise your fists up high,

We'll never back down, we'll touch the sky.

We're the outlaws of this town,

With a rebel heart, we'll never drown.

Chat GPT was able to create lyrics that flow with a simple rhyme scheme. It's lyrics even fit into the rebellious alt rock scene. We can take it even further by asking Chat GPT to add in chords to the song and we come up with this.

(Verse 1)

[Am] In the shadows of the city lights,

[F] Where dreams fade into the night.

[G] Lost souls wander the streets alone,

[Am] Searching for a place to call home.

(Chorus)

[Am] We're the misfits, the renegades,

[F] Riding through the fire and the rain.

[G] We'll break the chains that hold us down,

[Am] With a rebel yell, we'll wear the crown.

(Verse 2)

[Am] Broken hearts and shattered dreams,

[F] We're the outcasts, or so it seems.

[G] But we'll rise up from the ashes,

[Am] With a burning desire that never clashes.

(Chorus)

[Am] We're the misfits, the renegades,

[F] Riding through the fire and the rain.

[G] We'll break the chains that hold us down,

[Am] With a rebel yell, we'll wear the crown.

(Bridge)

[F] In the silence of the night,

[G] We'll find our voice, we'll take flight.

[Am] No more hiding in the shadows,

[F] We'll light the fuse, ignite the battles.

(Chorus)

[Am] We're the misfits, the renegades,

[F] Riding through the fire and the rain.

[G] We'll break the chains that hold us down,

[Am] With a rebel yell, we'll wear the crown.

(Outro)

[Am] So raise your fists up high,

[F] We'll never back down, we'll touch the sky.

[G] We're the outlaws of this town,

[Am] With a rebel heart, we'll never drown.

So in less than five minutes I have a alt-rock song in the key of Am with a chord progression and lyrics. Now the challege becomes who owns the copyright to this song. This is where we still don't have clarity when it comes to using AI with songwriting. Until there is more clarity on the copyright of AI there is no clear ownership of songs and lawsuits are going to be messy and confusing.

I hope this gives you something to think about and consider if you were thinking about using AI to help with your creative endeavours.

I think the important thing to remember is AI is a tool to use and not a complete solution to anything. Thanks for reading my story about AI and songwriting!

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Thomas Terry

Hello, I like using poetry and music to help connect people and find the meaning of life. We all have our own unique stories and I want to share mine to hopefully inspire you to share yours!

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