François Pachet

Director of the Spotify Creator Technology Research Lab

Title: Music and AI: What’s going on?


François Pachet has developed many tools for AI-assisted creation, trying to take both the viewpoint of musicians and scientists. He was elected EurAI Fellow in 2014 and doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Pernambuco (Brazil) in 2017. He was Principal Investigator of the Flow Machines ERC-funded project, which produced (with the musician SKYGGE) Daddy’s Car, a song in the style of the Beatles, and Hello World, the first mainstream music album composed with AI. He is also a musician and has published two music albums (jazz and pop) as composer and performer, as well as an augmented book about the ontogenesis of a musical ear, Histoire d’une Oreille.  His current interest is to build AI-assisted tools for music creation. 


Review of recent developments in AI-assisted music creation, including some of his own team at Sony and then Spotify. Highlight what they are. And discussing the main obstacles in developing AI-assisted tools for music in the future.