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561: Amadeus Code – The AI App Enhancing the Creative Process for Songwriters

Amadeus Code is an artificial intelligence-powered songwriting assistant. The app lets users adjust the AI-generated songs in a wide variety of ways. You can limit the era of the melodies it draws on–even projecting possible future hits by setting the parameter to 20xx. You can try more sustained notes or go for rapid-fire staccato. You can play around with lines that sound familiar, using the most common pop song patterns, or that veer off into wild and unexpected places, drawing on less popular approaches.

Once you hear something you like, you can save the entire song or pop out a section, asking the app to regenerate a new song based on that piece. “You can put together a collection of melodies that you connect with in your Song Library,” explains Fukuyama. “Then you can export them as audio and MIDI files to your favorite recording or production software and play around with them a bit more.”

These nuggets may inspire a new twist or turn in a song when you’re stuck. Or they may get you writing something in a whole new style. “We see this as a way musicians, songwriters, and producers can seek inspiration from some of the best songs in history,” says Fukuyama.

“This experience taught me that there was a lot in common between songwriting processes and genetic evolutionary processes,” reflects Inoue. “It convinced me that the feeling that encourages musicians to write songs was essentially the same as humankind’s urges to share and change, and thus ensure high-quality evolution. This astounding fact is one of the things that I want to share with everyone.”

On today’s tech podcast I chat with Taishi Fukuyama, co-founder, and COO of Amadeus Code to learn more about how AI can enhance the creative process. Taishi has a diverse career in music and tech, from consulting the business and strategy of various industry leading technology companies such as The Echo Nest, launching the first Music Hack Day in Asia in Tokyo 2014, becoming the first Red Bull Soundclash champion in Japan and producing the music of chart-topping Japanese and Korean artists.

With a unique mixed experience as a performing artist, record producer, and technologist, Taishi continues to provide insights to industry media and conferences.