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New research claims that 60% of musicians are already using AI to make music

Just 28% of participants in a survey by distributor Ditto Music said that they would avoid using AI to make music

  • 20 April 2023
New research claims that 60% of musicians are already using AI to make music

New research from music distribution company Ditto Music has revealed that 59.5% of artists are already using AI to create music, while a further 47% are inclined artificial intelligence (AI) for songwriting in the future.

The findings, that come from a survey of 1200 of Ditto Music's users, conclude that 66% of participants would use AI for mixing and mastering, while 62% would use the technology for music production.

Out of these Ditto users, 77% said they would use artificial intelligence to create album artwork whilst 28.5% said they would never consider using AI in any respect.

Only 28% of respondents said they would avoid using AI in their music making processes.

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“It's encouraging to see so many musicians embracing advancements in technology and utilising AI as a creative aid,” said Ditto Music CEO Lee Parsons said in a statement.

“At Ditto, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve and remain dedicated to providing artists with the latest tools, resources, and support they need to succeed on their own terms.”

In AI news, last month a coalition was launched by the Human Artistry Campaign urging that artificial intelligence consider “creators' interests”.

Titled the ‘Core Principles for Artificial Intelligence Applications in Support of Human Creativity and Accomplishments’, the points largely covered the complicated copyright issues around AI using or replicating artists’ work.

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The Human Artistry Campaign explained: “As new technologies emerge and enter such central aspects of our existence, it must be done responsibly and with respect for the irreplaceable artists, performers, and creatives who have shaped our history and will chart the next chapters of human experience.”

Black Music Action Coalition co-founder and co-chair Willie “Prophet” Stiggers said around the coalition: “Black songwriters, producers, and artists already face an uphill battle for ownership, credit, and proper payment in the music industry. Although AI can be an incredible tool, without the protection of real human artistry AI could devastate the Black creative community that leads so much of popular culture.”

Check out the full report made by Ditto Music here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Multimedia Editor, follow her on Twitter

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