YouTube has introduced an experimental new tool called “Dream Track,” which allows users to create short, original songs using artificial intelligence and the voices of popular musicians. This groundbreaking tool, named “Dream Track,” utilizes artificial intelligence to generate unique songs […]
YouTube has introduced an experimental new tool called “Dream Track,” which allows users to create short, original songs using artificial intelligence and the voices of popular musicians.
This groundbreaking tool, named “Dream Track,” utilizes artificial intelligence to generate unique songs up to 30 seconds in length for YouTube Shorts, which are short, vertical videos similar to those found on TikTok and Instagram Reels. Users simply input a brief description of the desired sound they wish to create, such as “a ballad about opposites attracting with a cheerful acoustic vibe,” and select one of the nine artists participating in the project. Dream Track will then produce a snippet of a new song that fits within those parameters, sung with an artificial voice similar to that of the chosen artist.
This experiment aims to explore the possibilities of how technology can enhance the connection between artists, creators, and their fans. The tool employs Lyria, Google DeepMind’s model for generating music using artificial intelligence.
While artists have expressed their support for this experiment, uncertainties remain regarding the potential role of artificial intelligence in the music industry. AI-generated music has sparked controversies in recent months. Earlier this year, a creator named Ghostwriter released a song titled “Heart on My Sleeve,” featuring AI-generated vocals imitating the styles of artists like Drake and The Weeknd. After the song went viral, the label associated with their record company, Universal Music Group, successfully lobbied for its removal from YouTube and other streaming platforms due to copyright infringement.
In order to regulate AI-generated content on the platform, YouTube has recently announced new guidelines. Creators will be required to label their realistic AI-generated videos as such, and YouTube will establish a process for requesting the removal of deepfake videos.
In the ambiguous realm of AI-generated music, artists, lawyers, and music platforms are still trying to comprehend the ethical and legal implications of this technology. Where do copyright laws fit in? Who profits from AI-generated music? What happens if AI generates controversial lyrics that could damage the reputation of a genuine artist?
“When you talk about generating vocals, you could use it to express something that is extremely opposed to that person’s beliefs,” stated BT, an American musician and DJ.