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29 Dec 2023

Musicians and AI: Survey Reveals Openness, Transparency Gap, and Challenges

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A recent survey of 1,141 musicians across the UK, US, and Germany conducted by Pirate, a network of global recording studios, highlights a growing openness to AI technology in music production.


Results indicate that 25% of musicians have already experimented with AI tools, with 46% expressing willingness to consider them in the future. However, the survey reveals a transparency gap, as only 48% of musicians would inform listeners when AI is used in creating a song. Concerns about audience perception were cited by 53% of respondents.


Pirate's CEO, David Borrie, draws parallels with the early criticisms of technologies like Auto-Tune, suggesting that AI's path in music creation may follow a similar trajectory as artists and audiences adapt. Notably, 55% of artists actively acquire new skills in response to AI advancements, with 28% learning AI-related skills.


Musicians currently using AI find it most useful in 'Songwriting and composition,' particularly for generating lyric ideas. MYAI, a band using AI for 30% of their activities, emphasizes transparency and authenticity. Musician Cristoph Krey notes a potential learning curve for artists without a technology background, highlighting the challenges of integrating AI into the creative process.



Overall, the survey reflects a mix of excitement, fear, and challenges surrounding AI in music, with 'Curiosity,' 'Enhanced Creativity,' and 'Efficiency' being primary motivators. For those uncertain, the concern of a 'Loss of Authenticity' is prevalent, often tied to public perception. This study provides valuable insights into the evolving relationship between musicians and AI in the dynamic landscape of music creation.


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