Recently, one of our readers threw us this rather hairy question – will Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over the role of the professional DJ?
At DJ Master Course, we love a challenge. So we all sat down in the kitchen and threw this around for an hour or two. The following article is what we came up with.
Music and AI
There is an artificial intelligence called “Ludwig” that automatically composes music based on algorithms. It creates melodies based on classical music theory. Following this logic, it is possible that humans could program a software that is capable of mixing two songs together. In fact, some would argue that the sync button is taking us that way already!
AI and Mixing Music
It would be easy to program a bot to mix music. All it would need to do would select a song based on key and BPM and input it into two separate tracks, speak to software like Serato or Traktor and mix it together. It could even be programmed to cut bass, mid and treble and tweak FX like a boss. Also, it would never tire! DJs are human after all, and even with some performing absolute marathon sets, an AI bot could DJ until the music ran out!
So, we can answer yes – AI could have the potential to take over the role of a professional DJ. That being said, we continued to discuss the matter after reaching this conclusion and came up with a very large “but”!
The Human Element
While a bot may be capable of perfect harmonic mixing, never missing a beat, it would be truly artificial. Any DJ who mixes purely by the book, one song into the next, with perfect phrasing, may be completely technically proficient but lacks a little something. That something is the human element that really grabs a dancefloor and gets it pumping. The ability to read the crowd, know what song to drop at the perfect moment and mix in that cheeky reference to an old rave classic is something that AI will never be able to match.
Finally, having a human presence on stage that can interact with and vibe off the crowd is truly priceless. Being up the front, arms in the air as the bass drops creates that real party atmosphere that a bot could never match. Unless there was a cyborg host for the AI, that is, and we’re probably a few years away from that…