Marimba-Playing Robot Composes Its Own Music Using AI and Deep Learning

A Georgia Tech robot named Shimon is using deep learning and a database of over 5,000 songs - including works Beethoven, the Beatles, and Miles Davis, among others - to compose its own music. The researchers also fed the bot more than two million motifs and riffs of music. Aside from giving the machine the first four measures to use as a starting point, no humans are involved in either the composition or the performance of the music. Ph.D. student Mason Bretan is the man behind the machine. He's worked with Shimon for seven years, enabling it to 'listen' to music played by humans and improvise over pre-composed chord progressions. Now Shimon is a solo composer for the first time, generating the melody and harmonic structure on its own.