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MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RESEARCH is invested in artificial intelligence in the music industry - by niche start-ups and by branches of behemoth companies such as Google, Sony and Spotify.

Artificial Intelligence is already heavily influencing the way we discover music by curating streaming playlists based on listener's behavior, for example, while record labels use algorithms studying social media to identify rising stars. Using artificial intelligence to create music, however, is yet to fully hit the mainstream, and this song contest also demonstrated the technology's limitations.

The robotic playlist is catchy, if glitchy. Songwriting contest shows that A.I. technology has its limits when creating music.

For its first 30 seconds, the song '' Listen to your Body Choir '' is a lilting pop tune, with a female voice singing over gentle piano. Then, everything starts to fracture, as twitchy beats and samples fuse with bizarre lyrics like ''Do the cars come with push-ups?'' and a robotic voice intertwines with the human sound.

The transition is intended to evoke the song's co-writer : artificial intelligence. 

''Listen to Your Body Choir,'' which won this year's A.I. Song Contest, was produced by M.O.G.1.1.7.E.D., a California-based team of musicians, scholars and A.I. experts. 

They instructed machines to ''continue'' the melody and lyrics of ''Daisy Bell,'' Harry Dacre's tune from 1892 that became, in 1961, the first to be sung using computer speech synthesis. The result in ''Listen to Your Body Choir'' is a track that sounds both human and machine made.

The A.I. Song Contest, which started last year and uses the Eurovision Song Contest's format for inspiration, is an international competition exploring the use of A.I. in songwriting.

After an online ceremony broadcast a few days ago from Liege in Belgium, a judging panel led by the musician Imogen Heap and including academics, scientists and songwriters praised '' Listen to Your Body Choir'' for its ''rich and creative use of A.I. throughout the song.''

In a message for viewers of the online broadcast, read out by a member of M.O.G.1.1.7.E.D., the A.I. used to produce the song said it was ''super stoked'' to have been part of the winning team.

The contest welcomed 38 entries from teams and individuals around the world working at the nexus of music and A.I., whether the music production, data science or both.

They used deep-learning neural networks - computing systems that mimic the operations of a human brain - to analyze large amounts of music data, identify patterns and generate drumbeats, melodies, chord-sequences, lyrics and even vocals.

The resulting songs included Dadobots' unnerving 90-second sludgy punk thrash and Battery-operated's vaporous electronic dance instrumental, made by a machine fed 13 years of trance music over 17 days.

The lyrics to STHLM's bleak Swedish folk lament for a dead dog were written using a text generator known for being able to create convincing fake news.

While none of the songs are likely to break the Billboard Hot 100, the contest's lineup offered an intriguing, wildly varied and oftentimes strange glimpse into the results of experimental human A.I. collaboration in songwriting, and the potential for the technology to further influence the music industry.

Karen van Dijk, who founded the A.I. Song Contest with the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO, said that since artificial intelligence was already integrated into many aspects of daily life, the contest could start conversations about the technology and music, in her words, ''to talk about what we want, what we don't want and how musicians feel about it.''

While M.O.G.I.I.7.E.D. said they had tried to capture the ''soul'' of their A.I. machines in ''Listen to Your Body Choir,'' only some of the audible sounds, and none of the vocals, were generated directly by artificial intelligence.

''Robots can't sing,'' said Justin Shave, the creative director of the Australian music and technology company, Uncanny Valley, which won last year's A.I. Song Contest with their dance-pop song ''Beautiful the World.''

''I mean, they can,'' he added, ''but at the end of the day, it just sounds like a super-Auto-Tuned-robotic voice.''

Only a handful of entries to the A.I. Song Contest - leading up this year's ceremony recently - were purely raw A.I. output, which has a distinctly misshapen, garbled sound, like a glitch remix dunked underwater.

In most cases, A.I. - informed by selected musical ''data sets'' - merely proposed song components that were then chosen from and performed, or at least finessed, by musicians.

Many of the results wouldn't sound out of place on a playlist among wholly human-made songs, like AIM-CAT's ''I Feel the Wires,'' which won the contest's public vote.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Robotics, Music and the Future, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Malcolm Jack.

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