AI takes over Art & Music

AI takes over Art & Music

As you've probably heard by now, there's an emerging influence of artificial intelligence on art creation. But how well does it perform, and what do artists think of AI-generated art?

Some artists are very concerned about the impact of AI on art for two primary reasons. They are afraid AI could take their jobs and reduce the overall quality and purity of art.

Others think that humans will keep producing art and that machines will never fully replace them. They view AI as a tool to improve their work or reduce having to perform menial tasks.

In this article, we'll explore some of the best AI solutions for Music, Visual Art, and Video, which you can use today to get a creative boost.

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AI for Music

If you're an aspiring musician, composer, or any other type of musical artist, you might be surprised to learn just how much AI can do for you. If you are a content creator and just want some music to go along with your project, there are AI solutions out there for you too.

So below are a few AI apps that you should consider.

AIVA.ai

AIVA is a music generator that caters to both experienced and non-experienced creators. Its developers are making musical AI accessible to everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced professionals. AIVA can be used by musicians to start their music projects and export the audio tracks or MIDI file which they can use in their Music projects to expand on the tracks.

They have a free account for you to start with 3 tracks downloads per month, but a license for the track is held by AIVA. They have standard and pro plans which have more lenient licensing and more downloads per month.

Here are some samples of music generated entirely by the AI at AIVA:

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Out West Epic Cinematic
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Piano Solo
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AIVA - The AI composing emotional soundtrack music
AIVA, the Artificial Intelligence music composer that creates original & personalized music for your projects.

ORB Composer

ORB composer is one of the AI tools for music writers from HexaChords. They have a suite of tools that are driven by AI for music producers.

Orb Composer is a tool that allows musicians to get ideas for their compositions which they can use as inspiration to get started with their tracks. Of course, you could get the AI tool to generate your whole song, but AI is still far from creating catchy music all on its own. There's still a human element required to polish it up and add the right mood and expressions to get a melodic track.

Here's a demo video from Mathias Holmgren showing how the Orb Composer can help inspire the next great music composition.

Orb Plugins – AI Plugins for Music Composers, Producers & DJs

Sounddraw

Soundraw is another great AI-assisted music generator. It allows you to pick instruments, genre mood, and track length. After that, you just sit back, relax and watch it produce full tracks tailored to your needs. You can even test it out on their website, with no registration required.

Content creators can then use these tracks in videos, ads, commercials, games, podcasts, or wherever they need some background music. However, musicians can not use tracks generated here for their sons, since their licensing prohibits such use.

Sounddraw only has an annual or monthly subscription which starts at $19.99 per month which makes it pricey for starter projects but works great if you create a lot of content.

AI for Visual Art

Musical AI seems pretty advanced at this point, right? But what about visual arts?

We're happy to report that today's image and art-generating AI tools are just as powerful. So let's take a look at some well-known examples.

DALL-E

DALL-E 2 is the latest image AI developed by OpenAI, the same company that created Jukebox. You can use it to generate art and realistic photographs from text descriptions and a variety of attributes and styles. Take a look at their website for some pretty funny samples, like an astronaut riding a horse on Mars.

DALL·E: Creating Images from Text
We’ve trained a neural network called DALL·E that creates images from text captions for a wide range of concepts expressible in natural language.

Stable Diffusion

Stable Diffusion can create stunning art from text exceptionally fast while supporting lower-end hardware than its competitors. You'll still need a PC or laptop with a good graphic card if you want try running this on your PC. Of course, you can try this online on their DreamStudio Online site.

Stable Diffusion Public Release — Stability.Ai
We are delighted to announce the public release of Stable Diffusion and the launch of DreamStudio Lite.

MidJourney

MidJourney turns your imagination into artwork using text input. Their website claims their AI creates completely unique and breathtaking images, and we can't disagree. To get started, we suggest you sign up for their free beta program.

Midjourney
An independent research lab exploring new mediums of thought and expanding the imaginative powers of the human species.

Here are some samples AI images I was able to generate from some of these tools. It's amazing what these AI tools were able to accomplish from a bunch of text prompts.

AI for Video

Next up, let's see if artificial intelligence can help with videos. Spoiler alert: yes, it can, and the video creators among you are in for a real threat when this technology matures.

Make-A-Video is an AI video and movie generator created by Meta (Facebook, previously). Just like image AIs, Make-A-Video uses your text input to create video content. Thanks to this software, everyone can now easily create original, entertaining clips for any purpose.

Meta's Make-A-Video samples

But Meta's Make-A-Video isn't the only software that can generate video using AI technology. Another great example is Phenaki.

The Phenaki artificial intelligence model can also turn your text input into videos. What's even more interesting is that you are not limited to a single line of text. Instead, you can define multiple text prompts to shape the development of the video from start to finish. It's just like writing a script for a movie.

Conclusion

Now you know more about what AI is capable of and how it's shaping the art industry. While people still debate the ethics and authenticity of AI-assisted and AI-generated art, there's no doubt this technology can greatly benefit humanity.

So if you want to improve your creative process and don't mind using technology, we highly recommend trying out some of the tools mentioned in this post.