The new Google Arts and Culture tool lets you compose classical music in the style of …


June 29, 2021, 10:09 | Updated: June 29, 2021 11:32

A new tool allows you to compose in the style of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.

Image: Google Arts and Culture

Google’s smart new experience lets you create melodies with the help of maestro composers.

“Oh, I wish I could write like Bach,” has surely sighed all musicians since the year 1750.

Well, now you (sort of) can. Google Arts & Culture has published a new experience called “Assisted melody” which invites you to compose your own aria and harmonize it in the signature style of Bach, Mozart or Beethoven.

The tool, created for the Fête de la Musique on June 21, even allows you to compose directly on each maestro’s favorite instrument.

So your Bach-style melody will be heard on an organ, with the Mozart-esque tune formed on a harpsichord and Beethoven on a piano.

Once you’ve created your four-bar melody, the tool does its algorithmic magic and voila, your stylized melody is played to you. You can even click “reconcile” if you’re not happy with the first version.

Harmonize Bach-style with the new Google experience

Harmonize Bach-style with the new Google experience.

Image: Google Arts and Culture

A little more digging into the tool reveals that you can also hear your stylized output on a wide range of modern instruments, from flute to xylophone or synthesizer.

The way it works is that a programming team trained a machine learning model on certain pieces of music, from choral cantatas by JS Bach to piano sonatas by Beethoven, allowing the user to harmonize short melodies. with a touch of Bach.

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“Assisted Melody” was originally launched by Google Arts & Culture over a year ago. The tool helped you compose your own melody on a virtual sheet of music and, with the click of a button, make it sound like Bach.

Maybe as the algorithm improves they’ll keep adding more composers. We are holding on for Stockhausen …

A second tool, “Paint with Music”, turns your brush into a musical instrument and lets you “hear” your painting. You can choose different settings for painting, with instruments corresponding to different colors – play here.


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