A new music course on Courserab promises to give aspiring composers an “intelligent” way to create their music.
The course, titled Music Made by Machines, launches on Wednesday for free and includes two courses that will work in tandem to make music.
One course, called Music Made By Machines, is designed to teach composers how to produce music in a robotic fashion.
Courserabs instructor Nick Waid says he designed the course to teach students how to make their music sound like robots.
“The music you produce is going to be produced by a machine, which is the same as a human,” he told Recode.
“But because of the way it’s produced, it is also the sound that will be heard by the listener.”
While Waid has said he wanted to create a course that taught students how “to compose their music in an intelligent way,” the course isn’t entirely robotic.
Instead, it takes the approach of teaching composers to make robots sound like they were programmed to.
Waid says his goal is to give composers the tools to make a song like the ones you hear on a radio station or on YouTube, rather than trying to recreate a real recording.
“We want to get the listener’s attention by telling them what it sounds like,” he said.
“If you listen to a lot of songs, you might be thinking that it’s just a robot or a synthesizer or whatever, but it’s not.
It’s actually a human being that’s going to create the sound.”
Waid said the music students are working with will sound like the sounds they would hear on the radio.
In other words, the music is going “like radio” music.
Widow said the program’s goal is for students to create “robots that are like you, but that can create their own music.”
Music made by machines is a technology that has been around for a long time, but its use in production is becoming more and more common.
Music production has grown exponentially since the advent of digital recording and sequencing in the 1990s.
Wagner said there are still a lot more people than ever learning how to do it, but the demand is rising.
He said the demand for automated, machine-learning-based musical instruments is outstripping supply, especially in the world of music production.
“I think there are more people doing music production right now than ever before,” Wagner said.
“We’re going to see a lot growth in the number of people who are learning how these skills can be used in production.”
Wagners music course is part of a larger program called The Music Maker that offers a curriculum for composers.
The music-maker program launched in 2017 and is offered through Courseras university, with other courses in other major universities like MIT and Carnegie Mellon.