Episode 3: Rhythm & Reflection: Why Musicians Need an AI Point Of View with Chris Wetherell
On this episode of The Cyber PR Music Podcast, host Ariel Hyatt speaks with software engineer and Myxt co-founder Chris Wetherell about AI in music and the need for a cultural understanding around technology.
Wetherell shares insights on his current work in mastering, audio pattern detection, and transcription services, as well as the breakthrough in AI language translation that happened in 2017. He also discusses his concerns about government understanding of technology and the weaponization of social media, a topic he knows a LOT about as he had a front-row seat at Twitter.
Key takeaways include the importance of musicians developing a point of view on AI in music, the potential impact on vocalists and instrumentalists, and the need for early conversation around the cultural impact of technology.
Myxt – Myxt is how you play, organize, and share your recordings — before you publish them. Myxt is building an application and suite for managing music files, workflow, listening, reviewing, sharing, and annotation for digital creators and their collaborators and close-knit fans.
Eleven Labs – They are a voice technology research company, developing the most compelling AI speech software for publishers and creators. Their goal is to instantly convert spoken audio between languages and to make on-demand multilingual audio support a reality across education, streaming, audiobooks, gaming, movies, and even real-time conversation.
About Chris Wetherell
Chris Wetherell is a musician turned Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Myxt. An early engineer at Google, Chris started the popular Google Reader app used by millions worldwide. Chris then went on to work at Twitter as the lead on implementing its Retweet feature. He also started Thing Labs, Avocado Software, and was most recently the Chief Product Officer of the geographic data analysis platform, Tierra. Chris attended University of California, Berkeley where he studied Computer Science and Music.
– Musicians should develop a point of view on AI in music to prepare for its impact on the industry.
– Vocalists should take action to own the transformation of their own voice with AI.
– There are concerns about the weaponization of social media and how AI can facilitate language generation.
– There is a prediction of a new development in the music industry that will likely create a new business model.
– The conversation around the cultural impact of technology should be held early on in its development.