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Google is designing the ultimate AI music synthesizer

You’ve probably never wondered what a hypothetical instrument that is part organ and part flute would sound like. But if you’d like to know, now you can, courtesy of Google AI researchers, Wired reports. The art and technology-fusing Google Magenta research team has created a Neural Synthesizer, or NSynth, that uses machine learning to produce funky sounds derived from recordings of about a thousand different instruments from flutes to clavichords. The resulting beats are more than a mere amalgamation of two instruments playing at the same time, but are instead entirely novel noises created by the program’s neural networks. Google plans to show off the technology at a music, art, and technology festival called Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina, this weekend.

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