Google Makes 1st AI Doodle, Celebrates Music Maestro Bach’s B’day

Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle.

The Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his birthday – under the old Julian calendar – on 21 March. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody.

Google has also shared a video detailing how they came up with the one-of-its-kind artificial intelligence powered doodle.

To develop this AI Doodle,Google teams created a machine-learning model that was trained on 306 of Bach's chorale harmonisations. Meanwhile, another team worked to allow machine-learning to occur within the web browser instead of on its servers.

The doodle harmonising the input in Bach’s style.

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How Does it Work?

The interactive doodle will prompt you to compose a two-measure melody or pick one of the pre-existing choices. When you press the "Harmonize" button, it will use machine learning to give you a version of your melody that sounds like it was composed by Bach himself.

AI uses machine learning to analyse the input and then the algorithms turn it into a harmony closely resembling Bach.

The doodle is interactive and instructs on how to make the melodies.

The interactive also provides the option to share and download the created harmony. The Bach Doodle will be up for 48 hours from – 21March to 22 March – in 77 countries.

(With inputs from AP)

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