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AI Case Study

Made by AI generated christmas songs using a neural network

Made by AI, a company that uses neural networks for design purposes, has leveraged the technology to generate christmas songs. They trained a LSTM (Long-short Term Memory) on publicly available MIDI versions of around a hundred Christmas songs. Based on the on musical notes it was fed, the model generated five tunes that are available to listen on the company's website.


Consumer Goods And Services

Entertainment And Sports

Project Overview

"We used deep learning to generate tunes. Using neural networks to generate music was both an interesting task and an opportunity to learn more about another type of data.

When deciding to generate tunes we constraints that we had to stick to.

* Total time we had on the hack.
* Amount of publicly available data
* The performance track record of the deep learning model we were going to pick
* The expected training time of such model. How easy it would be to sample (generate tunes) from the trained model

To generate good results of longer sequences of text we choose the LSTM (Long-short Term Memory) model.

The first step was to analyze the dataset by going through the existing tunes and storing the notes, chords and the sequences that were used in each tune.

We used a prebuilt LSTM functions in Keras. The training consists of modeling a LSTM network that would “learn” these sequences of notes and chords, with the goal of being able to generate its own sequences when fully learned.

For this case we spun up a GPU spot instance with a NVIDIA Tesla V100-SXM2 on AWS. The training took approximately 3 hours with the GPU instance. This was by any means more computation than needed, but we knew we had little time and could run into the need to optimize hyperparameters in the model, which we also did with trying out different batch sizes on the model.

The weights from the trained model could used to sample new Christmas tunes of any custom duration. Generating tunes is not as compute intensive as the training but still takes time (about 40 seconds per minute of tune).

An API was written to allow communication between the website and the deployed model. The Christmas tunes can be customized regarding duration (min: 10s, max: 2min) and instrument (can be Glockenspiel, Bells or Clarinet). This is another advantage of using MIDI-files, any instrument can be used to play the notes. The MIDI-file is finally converted to an mp3-file for compatibility.

Since the generation of this file can take several minutes (depending on server load) we ask the users for an email address; this way, the generation of a Christmas tune is queued on the server and an email with a download link is sent out when finished."

Reported Results

The neural network generated five christmas tunes


"Therefore we realized that a path forward was to train on musical notes. We limited ourselves to network architecture types of RNNs (Recurrent Neural Networks) or a LSTM (Long-short Term Memory). There is a lot of well written articles and examples of using these types of neural network. To be able to generate good results of longer sequences of text we choose the LSTM model."


R And D

Product Development


"What if AI was trained on Christmas tunes? How would it sound?"



"Our dataset consisted of about a hundred Christmas tunes and was collected in MIDI format. A MIDI-file is a text file containing the notes and length and loudness of each note. Because of this, the MIDI format is suitable for doing machine learning tasks. For converting we used Music21, an open source library to read and write playable MIDI files."

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