Gareth Edwards recently gave an interview to MIT Technology Review regarding the creation of music using AI for the soundtrack of his new film, “The Creator.” He initially wanted the AI to produce music in the style of award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. However, the AI-generated music did not quite hit the mark, so Edwards ultimately decided to hire Hans Zimmer himself to compose the soundtrack.
Edwards explained that he was relatively satisfied with the AI’s ability to create music, giving it a rating of 7 out of 10. However, he chose to bring in Hans Zimmer because, although the AI scored high, it lacked essential artistic skills needed to create a work that truly resonated with human preferences. The AI struggled to understand how to create a piece that would genuinely please people’s tastes, thus prompting the decision to involve Zimmer.
When discussing the reasons behind Edwards’ choice not to exclusively use AI for the film’s music composition, Generative AI expert Henry Ajder mentioned that AI may currently be too quick of a solution for creating music. The limitations in AI training prevent it from achieving the same level of complexity as human composers. On the other hand, Hans Zimmer possesses the ability to craft intricate and imaginative compositions, drawing inspiration from the world around him and channeling it into his work.
Currently, artists and writers in the Hollywood industry have emerged to protest against AI companies for intellectual property theft.
TLDR: Gareth Edwards interviewed with MIT Technology Review about using AI to create music for his film “The Creator,” originally hoping for a Hans Zimmer-esque composition. However, the AI-generated music fell short, leading to the decision to hire Hans Zimmer himself. While Edwards rated the AI’s ability to create music as a 7 out of 10, the lack of crucial artistic skills made Zimmer’s involvement necessary. AI’s current training limitations prevent it from matching human complexity, which Zimmer excels at. In response to intellectual property theft, artists and writers in Hollywood are now voicing their concerns.