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1 October 2020, 16:05
The humble hum is about to make masterpieces...
You’ve probably never considered that your mindless humming could be turned into a beautiful instrumental solo.
But now, thanks to Google’s incredibly intelligent AI tool Tone Transfer, it can.
And when we say unpolished melody, we literally mean any noise. Honestly, anything.
So, how does it work? Well, Google’s machine learning model can convert any tune into a digital signal. Once you’ve uploaded something, you can then choose which instrument you’d like your recording to be ‘played’ on.
Google research scientist Hanoi Hantrakul describes it as deconstructing sound into “Play-Doh”, which can then be moulded into something else.
It’s all pretty cool – particularly the technology behind it.
“We do this by training a machine learning model to distill what makes an instrument sound like that particular instrument,” Hanoi explains.
“You can sing into it, and you bang on some pots, and you have a cat meow in the background,” he continues.
“That’s a lot of inspiration for the model to work with, and I feel like that's where the magic of Tone Transfer happens.”
Making music with cats? Sounds like an excellent distraction from all that practice you should be doing...