Learning to compose great music in any genre takes decades of hard work, study and creativity. But that is too much work. What if you could make an excellent opera right now by dragging some blobs? Yes, blobs. Google’s latest experiment turns you into a composer and you don̵
Artist David Li teamed up with Google’s Arts and Culture wing to create the Blob Opera. The process began with recording four opera singers and then 16 hours of information on a machine learning algorithm.
After that, the neural network could create an operatic sound with four pitch options: bass, tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano. From there it was just a matter of creating an interface. Making music with the Blob Opera is easy. Drag a blob up and down to change notes and scale up and down. Drag them forward and back to switch between vowels (a, e, i, o and u). The other blobs are automatically harmonized thanks to machine learning.
Introducing Blob Opera, an experiment I made for Google Arts & Culture: https://t.co/dfLnCXSR0R pic.twitter.com/UYbZH8jXE2
– David Li (daviddotli) December 15, 2020
If you wish, you can record your performance and share it with others. We made these in just a few minutes. And if the idea of making music still intimidates you, then you can let Google do the hard work for you. Turning on the Christmas tree slider in the lower right corner will show the blobs of Santa hats and turn on an option to make them sing Christmas carols.
The whole thing is crazy, but it’s surprisingly fun and works really well. Knowing more about music theory can help you create intricate works of art. But you can even make something beautiful without knowing the inner workings of composition. Try it again today at the Google Arts and Culture site.