• Real-time Performance RNN in the Browser

    Thanks to the recently-released deeplearn.js environment, you can now enjoy real-time Performance RNN piano performances in the browser.

    Try the Performance RNN Browser demo
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  • Using NSynth to win the Outside Hacks Music Hackathon 2017

    [Editorial Note: We’re excited to feature a guest blog post by another member of our extended community, Hanoi Hantrakul, whose team recently won the Outside Lands Hackathon by building an interactive application based on NSynth.]

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  • Performance RNN: Generating Music with Expressive Timing and Dynamics

    We present Performance RNN, an LSTM-based recurrent neural network designed to model polyphonic music with expressive timing and dynamics. Here’s an example generated by the model:

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  • Draw Together with a Neural Network

    Try the sketch-rnn demo.

    For mobile users on a cellular data connection: The size of this first demo is around 5 MB of data. Everytime you change the model in the demo, you will use another 5 MB of data.

    We made an interactive web experiment that lets you draw together with a recurrent neural network model called sketch-rnn.

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  • Generate your own sounds with NSynth

    [Editorial Note: One of the best parts of working on the Magenta project is getting to interact with the awesome community of artists and coders. Today, we’re very happy to have a guest blog post by one of those community members, Parag Mital, who has implemented a fast sampler for NSynth to make it easier for everyone to generate their own sounds with the model.]

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  • Waybackprop



    I review (with animations!) backprop and truncated backprop through time (TBPTT), and introduce a multi-scale adaptation of TBPTT to hierarchical recurrent neural networks that has logarithmic space complexity. I wished to use this to study long-term dependencies, but the implementation got too complicated and kind of collapsed under its own weight. Finally, I lay out some reasons why long-term dependencies are difficult to deal with, going above and beyond the well-studied sort of gradient vanishing that is due to system dynamics.


    Last summer at Magenta, I took on a somewhat ambitious project. Whereas most of Magenta was working on the symbolic level (scores, MIDI, pianorolls), I felt that this left out several important aspects of music, such as timbre and phrasing. Instead, I decided to work on a generative model of real audio.

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  • SketchRNN model released in Magenta

    Sketch-RNN, a generative model for vector drawings, is now available in Magenta. For an overview of the model, see the Google Research blog from April 2017, Teaching Machines to Draw (David Ha). For the technical machine learning details, see the arXiv paper A Neural Representation of Sketch Drawings (David Ha and Douglas Eck).

    Some generated flamingos from the Jupyter notebook
    Vector drawings of flamingos from our Jupyter notebook.
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  • Making a Neural Synthesizer Instrument

    In a previous post, we described the details of NSynth (Neural Audio Synthesis), a new approach to audio synthesis using neural networks. We hinted at further releases to enable you to make your own music with these technologies. Today, we’re excited to follow through on that promise by releasing a playable set of neural synthesizer instruments:

    • An interactive AI Experiment made in collaboration with Google Creative Lab that lets you interpolate between pairs of instruments to create new sounds.
    • A MaxForLive Device that integrates into both Max MSP and Ableton Live. It allows you to explore the space of NSynth sounds through an intuitive grid interface. [DOWNLOAD]
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  • NSynth: Neural Audio Synthesis

    One of the goals of Magenta is to use machine learning to develop new avenues of human expression. And so today we are proud to announce NSynth (Neural Synthesizer), a novel approach to music synthesis designed to aid the creative process.

    Unlike a traditional synthesizer which generates audio from hand-designed components like oscillators and wavetables, NSynth uses deep neural networks to generate sounds at the level of individual samples. Learning directly from data, NSynth provides artists with intuitive control over timbre and dynamics and the ability to explore new sounds that would be difficult or impossible to produce with a hand-tuned synthesizer.

    The acoustic qualities of the learned instrument depend on both the model used and the available training data, so we are delighted to release improvements to both:

    A full description of the dataset and the algorithm can be found in our arXiv paper.

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  • Magenta returns to Moogfest

    Magenta was first announced to the public nearly one year ago at Moogfest, a yearly music festival in Durham, NC that brings together together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians to explore emerging sound technologies.

    This year we will be returning to continue the conversation, share what we’ve built in the last year, and help you make music with Magenta.

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  • Learning from A.I. Duet

    Google Creative Lab just released A.I. Duet, an interactive experiment which lets you play a music duet with the computer. You no longer need code or special equipment to play along with a Magenta music generation model. Just point your browser at A.I. Duet and use your laptop keyboard or a MIDI keyboard to make some music. You can learn more by reading Alex Chen’s Google Blog post. A.I. Duet is a really fun way to interact with a Magenta music model. As A.I. Duet is open source, it can also grow into a powerful tool for machine learning research. I learned a lot by experimenting with the underlying code.

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  • Magenta wins "Best Demo" at NIPS 2016!

    The Magenta team is very proud to have been awarded “Best Demo” at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Barcelona last week.

    Here is a short video of the demo in action at the Google Brain office:

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  • Tuning Recurrent Neural Networks with Reinforcement Learning

    We are excited to announce our new RL Tuner algorithm, a method for enchancing the performance of an LSTM trained on data using Reinforcement Learning (RL). We create an RL reward function that teaches the model to follow certain rules, while still allowing it to retain information learned from data. We use RL Tuner to teach concepts of music theory to an LSTM trained to generate melodies. The two videos below show samples from the original LSTM model, and the same model enchanced using RL Tuner.

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  • Multistyle Pastiche Generator

    Vincent Dumoulin, Jonathon Shlens, and Manjunath Kudlur have extended image style transfer by creating a single network which performs more than one stylization of an image. The paper[1] has also been summarized in a Google Research Blog post. The source code and trained models behind the paper are being released here.

    The model creates a succinct description of a style. These descriptions can be combined to create new mixtures of styles. Below is a picture of Picabo[5] stylized with a mixture of 3 different styles. Adjust the sliders below the image to create more styles.


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  • Human Learning What WaveNet Learned from Humans

    (or Learning Music Learned From Music)

    A few days ago, DeepMind posted audio synthesis results that included .wav files generated from a training data set of hours of solo piano music. Each wave file (near the bottom of their post) is 10 seconds long, and sounds very much like piano music. I took a closer look at these samples.

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  • Magenta MIDI Interface

    The magenta team is happy to announce our first step toward providing an easy-to-use interface between musicians and TensorFlow. This release makes it possible to connect a TensorFlow model to a MIDI controller and synthesizer in real time.

    Don’t have your own MIDI keyboard? There are many free software components you can download and use with our interface. Find out more details on setting up your own TensorFlow-powered MIDI rig in the README.

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  • Generating Long-Term Structure in Songs and Stories

    One of the difficult problems in using machine learning to generate sequences, such as melodies, is creating long-term structure. Long-term structure comes very naturally to people, but it’s very hard for machines. Basic machine learning systems can generate a short melody that stays in key, but they have trouble generating a longer melody that follows a chord progression, or follows a multi-bar song structure of verses and choruses. Likewise, they can produce a screenplay with grammatically correct sentences, but not one with a compelling plot line. Without long-term structure, the content produced by recurrent neural networks (RNNs) often seems wandering and random.

    But what if these RNN models could recognize and reproduce longer-term structure?

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  • Music, Art and Machine Intelligence (MAMI) Conference

    This past June, Magenta, in parternship with the Artists and Machine Intelligence group, hosted the Music, Art and Machine Intelligence (MAMI) Conference in San Francisco. MAMI brought together artists and researchers to share their work and explore new ideas in the burgeoning space intersecting art and machine learning.

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  • Reading List

    Magenta’s primary goal is to push the envelope forward in research on music and art generation. Another goal of ours is to teach others about that research. This includes disseminating important works in the field in one place, a resource that if curated, will be valuable to the community for years to come.

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  • A Recurrent Neural Network Music Generation Tutorial

    We are excited to release our first tutorial model, a recurrent neural network that generates music. It serves as an end-to-end primer on how to build a recurrent network in TensorFlow. It also demonstrates a sampling of what’s to come in Magenta. In addition, we are releasing code that converts MIDI files to a format that TensorFlow can understand, making it easy to create training datasets from any collection of MIDI files.

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  • Welcome to Magenta!

    We’re happy to announce Magenta, a project from the Google Brain team that asks: Can we use machine learning to create compelling art and music? If so, how? If not, why not? We’ll use TensorFlow, and we’ll release our models and tools in open source on our GitHub. We’ll also post demos, tutorial blog postings and technical papers. Soon we’ll begin accepting code contributions from the community at large. If you’d like to keep up on Magenta as it grows, you can follow us on our GitHub and join our discussion group.

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