Microsoft uses AI to remix Warren Hue's new songs forever
Microsoft has a long history of cooperating with entertainers and artists, adding a touch of technology to their creation, And continue to cooperate with Indonesian singer and producer Warren Hue. The company collaborated with Asian media company and record company 88rising to create an artificial intelligence-generated "Never Ending Mix" for Hue's latest track, Too Many Tears. You can check the audiovisual experience on TooManyTears.AI, where you will see images from San Gabriel Valley that will be remixed from Hue's songs.
This is Microsoft's third AI-based music project, and its first with electronic music. The remix will adapt to the time of day for different moods in the morning and night, but it's also attempting to create a "more pastoral landscape." Since it's not confined to a three to four minute limit, the track also has more room for "longer, more contemplative loops of music." Hue's song itself has a slower, melodic chorus and faster rap verses that might not fit the slower pace that one might expect to be the background music for a slideshow of valleys and other scenes from nature.
According to a press release, the images were scouted by 88rising's technical specialists, who wen
t to the San Gabriel Valley to scout for the best views. They then set up a camera, connected it to high-speed internet and streamed a 24/7 video feed to Microsoft's Azure Virtual Machine servers. The AI looked for four main "events" to analyze: morning, day, dusk and night, and as it notices transitions between these events, it generates audio to match the setting. It'll also play audio engineer and smooth over these shifts in the music.
Microsoft also said this project "celebrates the dynamic San Gabriel Valley, one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country and home to a vibrant Asian-American population and culture." In a statement, director of strategic partnerships Amy Sorokas said “88rising’s multi-faceted approach to showcasing Asian and Asian-American artists and culture is exciting, and they’ve shown a willingness to experiment and collaborate." Given the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in America and the fact that it's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, this project is also timely.
Update (5/21 1230 PM ET): The TooManyTears site is live now — it wasn't at the time this article first published. Feel free to enjoy the AI-adapted experience.