In the early days of Spotify their algorithms weren't too smart.
Our band De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, which translates as Today's Youth...
...has a lot of lyrics with swear words and drugs and sex and stuff.
But once you listened to our band, Spotify recommended a children's choir.
How does Eurovision music sound to an algorithm?
I really can't imagine.
Very schematic, I'd say.
To an algorithm it's just data.
Can AI produce a song as successful as Duncan Laurence's?
In the AI Song Contest international teams compete...
...to write the new Eurovision hit with the help of AI.
This series follows one of the teams and lets you discover...
...what the music of the future sounds like.
How does music sound to an algorithm?
Music doesn't sound like music to an algorithm.
We humans hear sound waves and frequencies.
Our ear drums pass on the signals to the brain and we hear sounds.
But a computer is a digital domain.
So we have to translate the music into binary code.
Sounds horrible. It just spits it out.
Let's hit the road. - Yes, enough talk.
Let's make music. I'm going to see teammate Arran and make music.
Well, not us, but the computer. Can't wait.
Did you put some Lil' Kleine and Frenna in there as well?
One of the pioneers in this field is David Cope.
He was composing an opera in the early 1980s...
...when he suddenly had a kind of writer's block.
He thought how great it would be to have a computer program listen...
...and supply him with musical ideas.
He got to work, and ten years later he had it.
What Cope had done was pioneering, but also insane.
His algorithm could generate new music.
But the thousands of musical patterns necessary to get there...
...were deciphered and entered manually by Cope himself.
This is where the recent developments in AI are a game changer.
In the 1980s, AI was purely based on rules.
If this, then that. If that, then this.
Not anymore. It's all based on recognising patterns now.
The computer looks at lots of music, lots of images...
...lots of text, much more than people could ever look at.
And it learns through repetition, determining the main patterns.
This is called machine learning, more particularly: deep learning.
How does it work exactly?
Meanwhile the team is about to have an exciting moment.
Arran's algorithm has finished practising the Eurovision song data.
Time to hear how the algorithm hears the Eurovision Song Contest.
The algorithms simply apply the data we put in.
So I guess it'll be standard middle of the road music.
But we'll see. I'm eager. I hope it's weird.
Something that will make us go: Huh?
I think that'll be fun.
That's exactly what we'll do in the next episode.
Can Ashley's algorithm predict the most successful melody?
Curious about this AI Eurovision hit song...
...or the ones produced by the other teams?
Listen and judge all the songs on vprobroadcast.com/aisongcontest.