Australia wins Eurovision-style AI song contest

14 Mai, 2020, 02:23 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Tonight's final of the AI Song Contest, an alternative take on Eurovision with competing songs created with artificial intelligence, has resulted in Australia's team Uncanny Valley taking home the title. The song is the victor of the first "Eurovision AI", an event held by Dutch broadcaster VPRO to fill the void after COVID-19 left a Eurovision-shaped hole in the world's hearts.

And it grew into an global effort after this year's contest was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The song is also seen as an ode to nature and it's recovery following the devastating bushfires seen earlier this year in the nation. But the overall votes gave the win to Australia's Uncanny Valley.

The melody and lyrics were written by an AI system, trained with audio samples of koalas, kookaburras and tasmanian devils.

The victor was awarded from a mix of public votes and a panel of AI experts. All that was left were the decisions from the panel of AI experts.

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In a statement the judges said they were "amazed" by the teams' wide range of approaches to making music using AI.

"Composing a song with AI is hard because you have all the creative challenges that come with songwriting, but you also have to juggle with getting the machine learning right".

After the contest, van Dijk, who gave birth to the idea said, "In my opinion, some songs would not be out of place in the official Eurovision Song Contest".

Details about the teams are available on the VPRO website and there is a livestream of the competition on YouTube.

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