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Artificial Intelligence Writes About Music

I used ChatGPT to create short descriptions for songs. The results are simultaneously impressive and sobering.

«A robot listening to music and writing about a song» – generated by AI program Dall-E
«A robot listening to music and writing about a song» by Dall-E

In the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of fuzz around the public beta of ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot that can write whole texts. People are constantly experimenting and posting screenshots about the programme's impressive capabilities.

Naturally, I was curious if ChatGPT could also write compelling texts about music. So, I used my existing OpenAI account (I also tried Dall-E 2 intensively before) and used the program to create descriptive paragraphs about previously curated songs.

Here's how I went about it:

The first sentence of the prompt was always "Can you write me a short paragraph with the following parameters:" followed by specific categories and keywords. I used the existing descriptions of the songs to distil the keywords as they accurately reflect my personal opinion.

I also always used the first result that ChatGPT provided and didn't make any alterations to the prompts or texts.

Al Pride – Small Heart


  • Band: Al Pride 
  • Origin: Switzerland 
  • Song: Small Heart 
  • Genre: Indie-pop 
  • Adjectives: innovative, groovy, pumping, impressive, talented, balanced 
  • Nouns: Brass section, Spoken-word part questioning consumerism

Result: Al Pride, hailing from Switzerland, is an indie-pop band that stands out with their innovative sound. Their song "Small Heart" is a groovy, pumping track that showcases their impressive talents. The brass section adds a unique flavor to the mix, and the spoken-word part questioning consumerism is a clever touch. Overall, the band strikes a perfect balance between catchiness and substance, making them a must-listen for fans of the genre.

Nola Kin – Not What You Think


  • Artist: Nola Kin 
  • Gender: Female 
  • Origin: Switzerland 
  • Song: Not What You Think 
  • Genre: Folk, Pop 
  • Adjectives: comforting, warm, smokey, soulful, vulnerability 
  • Quote by Nola Kin about the song: "The songs are more like coming home than setting off, like a warm hug after a long and hard walk across my history, a bit closer to myself."

Result: Nola Kin is a female artist from Switzerland who creates music in the folk and pop genres. Her song "Not What You Think" is described as being comforting, warm, smokey, soulful, and vulnerable. In a quote about the song, Nola Kin says that her songs are like coming home and are like a warm hug after a long and hard walk across her history. It seems that Nola Kin's music is very personal and reflective, and she uses it to connect with herself on a deeper level. Her music is comforting and provides a sense of warmth and soulfulness that is hard to find in today's fast-paced world.

Julien Bracht – Across the Ocean


  • Artist: Julien Bracht 
  • Gender: Male 
  • Origin: Berlin, Germany 
  • Song: Across The Ocean 
  • Genre: Techno 
  • Reference: inspiration from techno and trance of the late 90s, early 2000s 
  • Adjectives: pumping, vast, thoughtful, slightly nostalgic and melancholic, warm yet distant, playful

Result: Julien Bracht is a male artist from Berlin, Germany, who is known for his pumping, vast, and thoughtful techno sound that is inspired by the trance and techno of the late 90s and early 2000s. His song "Across The Ocean" is a perfect example of this, with its slightly nostalgic and melancholic vibe that is both warm and distant. Despite this, the track is also playful, making it a true delight to listen to.

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