Google’s AI-powered text-to-music generator, MusicLM, is now available for public use. However, to gain access to the app, users are required to join a waitlist and is now available for those who sign up for its AI Test Kitchen.
The app is available on the web, Android, and iOS. The MusicLM is an AI-powered tool that can transform text descriptions into music. Google has been working on the app for a while but has only just made it available to the public.
Much like other generative AI – such as ChatGPT, Dall-E, and the boatload of ChatGPT alternatives out there – MusicLM starts with a written prompt such as “a suspenseful melody with strings for walking through a haunted house” and MusicLM will attempt to compose a piece based on what has been said.
According to Google, users can generate convincing AI music with MusicLM using simple text prompts like “melodic techno,” “relaxing jazz” or even a more in-depth prompt like: “The main soundtrack of an arcade game. It is fast-paced and upbeat, with a catchy electric guitar riff. The music is repetitive and easy to remember but with unexpected sounds, like cymbal crashes or drum rolls.”
MusicLM can also generate music based on a user humming a melody and adding a text prompt, directing MusicLM how they would like for the melody to be played — like as a guitar solo or a cappella chorus, for instance.
It can also create a song that corresponds to places, genres, epochs, or even descriptions of other artworks like paintings.
Announced in January, MusicLM was trained on 5 million audio clips, equal to 280,000 hours of listening, plus an additional dataset of 5,500 music clips with captions written by professional musicians. Each caption describes the music in sentences and includes aspects like the music’s genre, mood, and rhythm.