Microsoft worked with Indonesian singer and producer Warren Hue to create an endless remix of the song ‘Too Many Tears.’ The mostly instrumental remix is made through artificial intelligence (AI) that adapts to the time of day. You can listen to the remix at toomanytears.ai. If you listen long enough, vocals will occasionally be part of the song.
The AI-generated song is the result of a collaboration between Microsoft and record label 88rising. The website that plays the AI-generated music also shows a visual experience of the San Gabriel Valley.
Microsoft has made AI-music in the past, including working with Björk (via Engadget), though this is the first piece of electronic music the company has helped create. The remix adapts to the time of day to deliver different moods during the day or at night.
To create the visual experience for the site, 88rising sent technical specialists to scout the best spots from the San Gabriel Valley. The specialists then set up a camera and streamed a 24/7 video feed to Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine servers. The AI then looked for transitions between morning, day, dusk, and night. The music is then created to match the respective time of day.
The project “celebrates the dynamic San Gabriel Valley, one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country and home to a vibrant Asian-American population and culture,” according to Amy Sorakas, director of strategic partnerships, Microsoft. “88rising’s multi-faceted approach to showcasing Asian and Asian-American artists and culture is exciting, and they’ve shown a willingness to experiment and collaborate.”