UC Berkeley builds AI to completes Mozart’s unfinished pieces.

At the time of his death in 1791, Mozart had only composed as far as the first eight bars of the Lacrimosa movement in the Requiem. More than 200 years after his death, students at UC Berkeley, taking the hallmark DataX course, had built an AI that would complete his unfinished work. Trained only on Mozart’s music, the AI – named MAIA (short for Music AI) – is capable of generating new music that mimics Mozart’s style.

Outside of novelty, the team from Berkeley says that there is a strong commercial case for AI- generated music. This raises the question: could artificial intelligence create music good enough to replace musicians. Given the progress made by the team to model different elements of human-like music, there is a strong argument that AI can one day create better music than human being can and additionally be customized to suit specific genres or tastes.