“I’m in the library, where a voice is raised.” This is the first verse of the first piece of classical music composed by generative artificial intelligence and brought to light by technology pioneer and VP Audio at Stability AI, Ed Newton-Rex.
The musician and entrepreneur has announced the creation of the work as a revolution, since a few months ago he wrote his piece “I stand in the Library”, a piece for choir and piano with a poem created with the generative AI model GPT3 by OpenAI and with a total duration of 15 minutes.
The work has already premiered at the online classical music festival Live from London, performed by the choral group VOCES8, and was created with a simple instruction to ChatGPT3: Next, a poem about music and solitude”, where the iconic verse could go down to posterity in the first place.
“Probably like five or 10 times I’ve deleted a line and told it to regenerate because it got stuck in a loop,” Newton-Rex explains in an interview for TNW, stressing that his role isn’t so crucial. Actually, yes.” No, I’ve done so much. I would choose where it ended; I got to the end of a verse and I was like, ‘Okay, that’s a good ending.'”
“AI can free us from creative loops and give us new ideas.”
Newton-Rex believes AI can help people be more creative: “I enjoyed this process so much that I ended up writing a number of other pieces for choir and piano, and now it’s become one of my favorite styles. And that’s interesting because if I hadn’t been using GPT3 that day, my writing style would be very different now.”
In this sense, the composer emphasizes the power of tools like ChatGPT to overcome mental blocks: “AI can free us from creative loops or just give us new ideas. It’s like composing in a studio with someone.”