An AI Tool from Google Can Now Transform Captions Into Music

As the power of AI increases, algorithms are now capable of transforming ordinary text into images, animations, and even brief videos. Such algorithms have sparked considerable debate. The Getty Images stock photo library is currently pursuing legal action against AI developers because of this. Guess what? AI can now make music generated from text.

An AI Tool from Google Can Now Transform Captions Into Music

Transforming Text Into Music?

Researchers working for Google have developed an AI system that is perfectly capable of transforming ordinary text descriptions into rich, varied, and extremely relevant music. This capability has been demonstrated by the corporation through the generation of music, based on descriptions of well-known artworks. Amazing, and kind of scary.

The existence of big collections of images with accompanying descriptions is important to text-to-image systems. Then, these can be used to train a neural network. Nevertheless, comparable annotated datasets for music do not exist. In 2022, however, Google Research launched MuLan. It’s an algorithm that generates a written description of a piece of music. Generally, a decent text description must include the melody, rhythm, timbre, and numerous musical instruments and voices that the song can feature.

Using Multiple Databases for AI Training

Christian Frank and his colleagues at Google Research used MuLan to generate descriptive captions for music without copyright restrictions. Then, he used the database to train a second neural network to perform the opposite task of converting a caption into music. They refer to the new algorithm as MusicLM and demonstrate how it can make music from any given text or edit audio files like whistling or humming to match a caption.

Of course, the algorithm isn’t perfect… yet. One significant problem is that it uses the same biases as the data used to train it. This is a big issue. It raises difficulties regarding the appropriateness of music generation for cultures underrepresented in the training data, as well as problems over cultural appropriation. It’s impressive how far the whole AI thing has gone. And this is just the beginning.

It’s Finally Official: ‘La La Land’ Gets a Broadway Adaptation

A recent announcement from Lionsgate discloses that award-winning musical La La Land will finally get a Broadway adaptation. The statement doesn’t reveal whether the film’s director, Damien Chazelle, will participate, nor whether the movie cast will be used for its pending adaptation. One thing is clear, though – fans will get to watch an incredible stage version of one of the most successful musicals in history.

It’s Finally Official: La La Land Gets a Broadway Adaptation

La La Land Hits Broadway

It’s official – La La Land hits Broadway. The production is already in the making, with producer Marc Platt partnering with movie studio Lionsgate. According to the statement the film studio released recently, an incredible team has been brought together to facilitate the next stage of the hit movie’s evolution.

So far, we know that the Broadway adaptation of La La Land will feature music and score from the same team that was behind the film’s soundtrack. It’s yet to be disclosed who will play in the stage production, as well as whether Chazelle will direct the adaptation.

As fans might know, the movie, released back in 2016, got its own concert version shortly after being released. It has been touring the world over the past six years.

Tribute to Classic Movies

La La Land revolves around Sebastian and Mia. The two are struggling to balance their creative ambitions – Sebastian is a jazz club owner, while Mia is a young actress – with their whirlwind romance.

Singing in the rain

The movie, which pays homage to classic moves like Singin’ in the Rain, received critical acclaim at the 89th Academy Awards, winning six out of fourteen nominations. Some of the awards include Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Song, and more.

La La Land won’t be the first Lionsgate movie to get a Broadway adaptation. Other Lionsgate productions that got their stage adaptations include renowned films Dirty Dancing and Nashville, which is a country-themed music series.