How AI and Musicians Collaborate, a Ted Talk with Judith Finell

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Music creation is one of the most distinguishing features of humanity. So what does it mean that AI has entered the picture? Judith Finell, lecturer in music industry at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers a fresh perspective on how human creativity and artificial intelligence charts new territory in music composition.

From TEDx Talks: In her captivating TEDx talk, Judith Finell delves into the harmonious intersection of humans and machines in music creation. As a prominent figure in musicology, forensics, technology, and copyright law, Finell explores the dynamic interplay between human creativity and artificial intelligence, unlocking a world where these forces can collaborate to compose unparalleled musical compositions and performances. With rich insights and illustrative examples, she guides the audience through the evolution of music-making, showcasing the transformative potential of technology in enhancing our musical expressions. Finell highlights the unique contributions of both humans and machines, challenging traditional notions of authorship and creativity in the digital age. This talk promises to inspire a fresh perspective on the symbiotic relationship and potential partnership between musicians and AI, paving the way for a future where the fusion of human ingenuity and machine intelligence reshapes the landscape of musical innovation. Renowned musicologist Judith Finell presides over Judith Finell MusicServices Inc. in New York and Los Angeles, a music consultancy established 25 years ago. A leading expert witness in many high-profile copyright disputes, she has shaped pivotal legal outcomes, including in the landmark “Blurred Lines” trial. Her firm advises industry giants including Disney, Apple, Netflix, Amazon, and Sony Pictures on music integration in films, media, TV, and commercials. Standing at the intersection of music, law, and technology, she was the 2018 UCLA School of Music commencement speaker and featured in NBC/Universal’s documentary “The Universality of Music.” At UCLA, Finell co-teaches the sole Forensic Musicology course nationwide and is a frequent guest speaker at law schools including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and international legal forums.