Bass heads, flute heads, organ heads… this stuff is about to blow your mind!

Google is on the forefront of making some legendary musical manipulations thanks to artificial intelligence.

This excerpt from Wired explains the NSynth process perfectly:

Jesse Engel [part of Google Magenta research team] is playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ — 18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century rhythm and blues. Then he drags a marker across his laptop screen. Suddenly, the instrument is somewhere else between a clavichord and a Hammond. Before, it was, say, 15 percent clavichord. Now it’s closer to 75 percent. Then he drags the marker back and forth as quickly as he can, careening though all the sounds between these two very different instruments.

The newly developed machine and software combination is able to mathematically take and mix notes from any 2 given instruments from the 1,000 mapped musical devices — to create something human ears have never-before heard!

NSynth will be publicly showcased at Moogfest — the art, music, and technology festival in Durham, NC this week.

If this sounds a little complicated, don’t worry, these instruments speak louder than words.


Source: Wired