Microsoft helps Abbey Road RED explore the future of music recording
Abbey Road Studiosthe world-renowned studio that hosted the Beatles and Pink Floyd, tries to shape the future of music creation in its first hackathon using Microsoft technology.
The London studio’s audio technology incubator, Abbey Road REDinvited hundreds of developers, technologists, designers and music producers to find new ways to capture sound and revolutionize the engineering process.
Microsoft provided artificial intelligence technology and experts for the event, which will gather feedback on how the music industry could use its cognitive services.
“I am extremely excited to share some of the latest Microsoft AI tools with attendees of the Abbey Road RED Hackathon,” said Noelle Charity, Head of Applied AI DevEx at Microsoft. “Our suite of AI technologies, including object detection, sentiment analysis, and natural language understanding, has impressive potential for musicians, engineers, audio programmers, and designers.”
The hackathon took place at Studio One, where Sir Edward Elgar played Land of Hope and Glory in 1931 and was the location for recording scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Gravity and Black Panther.
Abbey Road RED start-ups and partners demonstrated smart microphones, innovative instruments and chip-level hardware devices to inspire hackers, while the art/tech group Hackoustic built a sound art installation and performed at the end of the event.
Dom DronskaHead of Digital at Abbey Road Studios said: “In the same room that saw the birth of the recording industry, we have embraced the next paradigm shift in music making – exploring the influence of the most latest technologies and high performance computing on our creative tools. .
“For the first time ever, we have brought together the most brilliant technologists and music producers and created a unique inspiring atmosphere where beautiful accidents can happen. Abbey Road’s sole purpose is to enable creativity in its many forms, and today we’re using artificial intelligence and machine learning to see how music creators can apply technology in the post-digital age.
Microsoft’s top award went to Rapple for its AI-powered rap battle partner. The creation, which uses voice recognition software from Microsoft, listens to you freestyle using a beat and then responds over the same beat. It is hoped that the solution can help freestyle rappers train and inspire songwriters.
Microsoft is one of the world’s leading experts in AI, developing systems designed to help the environment and protect people around the world. In January, Microsoft released a book titled The Future Computed: artificial intelligence and its role in societywhich provides readers with the company’s perspective on the evolution of AI technology and the new societal issues it has raised.
As Microsoft continues to work for breakthroughs in AI, RED is doing the same for recording. The incubator is currently exploring the use of spatial audio – a way to produce sound 360 degrees around a listener that creates results similar to what people hear in real life.
Abbey Road RED was Europe’s first music tech incubator when it launched in 2015. It finds and works with promising music tech start-ups to develop new products, and is now home to four companies: BroomX, Cotodama, Humtap and Lickd.
The incubator is among the legendary studios that recorded pink floydKanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and The Beatleswhose members were photographed crossing the road outside.