The future of music

Musicians turn to ChatGPT for songwriting, composition

December 18, 2023
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Key takeaways

  • A recent study carried out by Pirate, involving 1,000 musicians reveals that ChatGPT tops the list as the most used AI tool by musicians for music production.
  • ChatGPT stands top of the list as musicians admit to having consulted the tool for ideas and valuable feedback on lyrics, composition, and songwriting.  

The scoop

When ChatGPT launched, writers were dubbed the first victims of artificial intelligence evolution. Many feared that writers would lose their roles and prominent publications like Guardian UK rolled out articles, sternly warning young journalists to avoid submitting AI-written pitches and drafts to their editors. 

Some news publications would have written that ChatGPT will fight songwriters for their roles, but none that is big and well-read hinted that musicians will turn to ChatGPT for songwriting instead of official songwriters.

A recent study carried out by Pirate, involving 1,000 musicians reveals that ChatGPT tops the list as the most used AI tool by musicians for music production. ChatGPT stands top of the list as musicians admit to having consulted the tool for ideas and valuable feedback on lyrics, composition, and songwriting.  

ChatGPT is closely followed by iZotope’s Ozone 11 plugin

ChatGPT is closely trailed on this list by iZotope’s Ozone 11 plugin, which improves artist workflow by streamlining the mastering process with a one-click solution. 

LALAL and BandLab SongStarter are third and fourth on the list. BandLab SongStarter is a tool that helps beat writer’s block by creating songs based on user input. Fifth place went to GOYO, an AI tool specializing in audio segmentation, de-noising, and de-voicing for better audio quality.

Other AI tools that made the list include AIVA, AWS DeepComposer, Moises.ai, Google’s Magenta Studio, and StemRoller.

21% of musicians use AI for research and inspiration

According to the study, 30 percent of musicians use AI to assist with songwriting and composition, and 21 percent use it for research and inspiration regarding how they use these tools to make music.

When broken down even further, the study reveals that 12% of respondents use AI for beat and rhythm creation, 10% for mastering, 8% for arrangement, 8% for mixing, 5% for vocal processing, and 6% for ‘Other’ reasons.

Additionally, more than half of the musicians in this study admitted hiding their AI use from others.

In 2023, AI technology in music production has become popular. Disclosure just unveiled a project that allows fans to use AI to remix their song “Simply Won’t Do” in collaboration with beatport.io and Bronze AI.

Recently, Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn praised the use of AI in creating the “new” Beatles song, //Now And Then//. He stated that he thought it would be a “good opportunity for everyone” and that “hundreds of my songs could be released after my death.”

Recently, LimeWire joined in on the AI action as well. With the release of its new LimeWire AI Music Studio, you can use AI to create an entire song. “Our platform is designed to break down barriers, allowing aspiring musicians and creators to unleash their potential with the power of AI,” stated co-CEO Julian Zehetmayr in a press release.

Tobi’s Angle

The growing adoption of AI in music is ever-evolving. But ChatGPT, uptaking the list as the most used AI tool, is incredible. The intrusion of AI in music has seen many musicians worry about how it can be used to clone their voices to produce without legal permission.

But ChatGPT, the most popular tool, provides a severe concern, deeply steeped in the established results that it produces plagiarized and redundant content. Writers on X (formerly known as Twitter) have taken time to express on their timelines how it is easy to decode an article or a statement written through ChatGpt. 

Musicians who use ChatGPT for songwriting and composition are in the same bracket as writers who get their pieces written with AI. First, AI destroys creativity and splurges a piece of writing with boring sentences that try hard but fail to grasp the excellent balance of human imagination and nuance. 

AI in music is enjoyable. In the coming days, the space will have so many debates to battle out, considering how musicians deeply immerse their craft into AI’s subtlety. 

Tobi Opeyemi Amure

Tobi started as a crypto writer in 2017 and became a key crypto news editor and SEO specialist at Watcher Guru in 2021, significantly boosting their traffic. He enjoys Afrobeats, R&B, and Soul music in his spare time.

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