Meta unveils MusicGen AI music generator.

Meta has developed a new AI music generator called MusicGen that has the ability to create original songs based on text inputs and existing melody prompts. Felix Kreuk, a member of the Meta Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) team, announced this via his Twitter page.

In March, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company was increasing its efforts in AI development for the Metaverse. He stated that “Our single largest investment is in advancing AI and building it into every one of our products.” MusicGen is a prime example of how Meta is using its AI expertise to create immersive and innovative user experiences. Previously, the social media giant launched DALL-E, which is an image generator that can draw anything from text inputs, and ReBeL, which is a reinforcement learning algorithm that can master any two-player game. Meta is hoping to empower people and connect them through meaningful interactions using AI.

How the AI Music Generator Works

Meta claims that MusicGen has been trained on 20,000 hours of music across various genres. The AI can blend different elements from these music styles to produce high-quality audio files according to user specifications.

MusicGen is different from Google’s MusicLM in that it is available for free on GitHub, where users can download the source code and run it on their own devices. The team has made it available publicly “for open research, reproducibility, and for the music community”. MusicGen also has a web interface where users can try it out online and share their creations with others.

Ethical Concerns

MusicGen could be a valuable tool for music enthusiasts, musicians, composers, and producers who want to generate ideas, experiment with different genres, and enhance their workflow.

However, some critics have raised concerns about the ethical implications of MusicGen and other AI music generators. They argue that such tools could be a threat to the originality and authenticity of music, as well as the rights and income of musicians. Nevertheless, there is still a lack of clarity on how AI-generated music may violate the copyright of artists, labels, and other rights holders. With several lawsuits already in motion, it remains to be seen how the law will address AI-generated music and how that may affect further innovation.