Google's new Piano Genie lets users play piano flawlessly without actually playing at all
The Piano Genie allows its user to press random buttons and it creates a beautiful piano masterpiece out of it
The Piano Genie, by Google's creative research team Magenta, is an AI program that allows the user to improvise perfectly on the piano by simply pressing any of its eight buttons randomly. The people who created The Piano Genie were inspired by the creators of Guitar Hero - which allows the player to essentially play an instrument without actually learning it. However, unlike Guitar Hero, where players follow a sequence of pre-written songs, The Piano Genie allows users to create their own masterpieces.
How it works
The Piano Genie works similarly to a phone's text prediction (i,e. "you" will be predicted to follow the words "how are"). The creators of The Piano Genie used an AI program and taught it to predict musical notes based on a selection of classical piano music. Chris Donahue, one of the Piano Genie's creators said that he "really wanted to design a tool that [they] could give to someone who doesn't know how to play, and they'd be able to create music with some kind of intention."
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