YouTube has unveiled a new feature, known as Dream Track, which grants select users the ability to utilize the AI-generated vocals of prominent artists in order to create their own music. This text-based feature enables users to articulate their desired song's mood or concept, upon which the AI will subsequently generate the matching musical accompaniment. Initially, Dream Track will only be accessible to a limited number of users, with nine notable artists including Alec Benjamin, Charlie Puth, Charli XCX, and Sia having graciously contributed their voices to the feature's launch.
This newly-introduced experiment by YouTube aims to delve into the potential of AI in cementing stronger connections between artists and their fans. In addition to Dream Track, YouTube has also announced plans to roll out other AI music tools later this year. The participating artists perceive this feature as a means of testing the vast opportunities presented by AI in the realm of music creation. However, the company has abstained from sharing specifics regarding the AI's training data and has not disclosed when Dream Track will be made available to a wider audience.
This significant announcement follows the recent controversy surrounding AI-generated voice clones and the industry-wide pleas for streaming services to uphold artists' rights. As the technological landscape continues to rapidly evolve, YouTube's latest foray into AI-generated music seeks to explore the boundaries and potentials of this emerging field, leaving audiences anticipating what further developments may lie ahead.Universal Music Group CEO Grainge stated that there is a fundamental responsibility towards artists to ensure the digital landscape evolves in a way that protects their creations from unauthorized use, including generative AI platforms. Moreover, he emphasized the need to empower artists by providing them with access to cutting-edge creative tools and opportunities facilitated by AI. Warner Music Group CEO and former YouTube executive, Robert Kyncl, echoed this sentiment, describing the beta testing phase as a chance for technology and music companies to collaboratively explore the possibilities of AI.