The survey found that 71% are not currently using AI for music-related activities, while for the 29% who are, their use focuses on tasks like creating album artwork and mixing/mastering, rather than composition. 55% said they will or might use AI for music-related activities in the future, while 31% said they definitely will not use it.
Music streaming service Deezer has published a statement on its website announcing its decision to raise its subscription prices for the second time in a year. The France-based company’s website explained the rise in costs, attributing it to a need to provide “valuable support for artists and enhance fan experiences.” Beginning September 21, Deezer will increase prices for all new premium and family subscriptions in key territories, including France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and the UK.
Residuals, which are key to Hollywood strikes, are an imperfect answer to the threat posed by recording technology. Every advance in the mechanisms of recording or distribution poses a both threat and an opportunity to artists. Residuals are a solvent that allows technology to proceed. Artists capture whatever upside they can find, while the residuals compensate for the threat.
The service will let creators to upload their own AI-generated tracks to the platform, while the company behind it has also worked with producers to create their own songs. Early samplings on the website ahead of the full streaming service launch point primarily to cover songs featuring unexpected—but familiar-sounding—singers thanks to AI trickery.
The video platform YouTube on Thursday announced a suite of creator tools — including a number of products that take advantage of generative artificial intelligence — in a bid to further bolster its leadership in the creator ecosystem. “AI will enable people to push the boundaries of creative expression by making the difficult things simple and the impossible dreams possible,” YouTube CEO Neal Mohan said at an event at Google’s New York office Thursday morning.
OpenAI on Wednesday began previewing a new version of its DALL-E tool, which creates images from written prompts, and announced plans to integrate it into its popular ChatGPT chatbot, increasing the reach of a controversial technology at a time when lawmakers are calling for more restraint. Language advances allow DALL-E 3 to parse complex instructions, rather than jumbling up elements of a detailed request, researchers said Tuesday, during a short demo.
TikTok has debuted new AI tags that creators can apply to their content manually, and execs are preparing to label AI media automatically. “The new label will help creators showcase the innovations behind their content,” claimed TikTok, “and they can apply it to any content that has been completely generated or significantly edited by AI. It will also make it easier to comply with our Community Guidelines’ synthetic media policy, which we introduced earlier this year.”
There are new moves afoot to avoid some of the negative impacts that creative AI technologies might have on musicians. In the US, this week sees the introduction of a revised version of the Protect Working Musicians Act. In the UK, meanwhile, today’s development comes from the Council of Music Makers, which is the umbrella body for The Ivors Academy, the Featured Artists Coalition, the Musicians’ Union, the Music Producers Guild and the Music Managers Forum.
ASCAP has embraced new and emerging advances in technology, and we have the capacity and infrastructure to manage it at scale. But it has remained painfully clear that any new technology needs to respect existing copyright law. Music creators are concerned about the threat to their livelihood and 8 out of 10 believe A.I. companies need better regulation.
Stephen Fry recently revealed at the CogX Festival that his voice from the “Harry Potter” audiobooks was taken by AI software and replicated without his consent, much to the horror of both himself and his agents. He said the discovery of AI mimicking his voice led him to warn his agents, “You ain’t seen nothing yet. This is audio. It won’t be long until full deepfake videos are just as convincing.”