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TikTok is testing a new 'AI Song' tool for lyric generation

  • Martina
  • 31 January 2024, Wednesday
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Tik Tok - AI Song tool

As reported by the Verge, the popular social media platform TikTok is testing a new feature called ‘AI Song.’ The tool is supposed to use a large language model to generate lyrics prompted by text inputs.

Lyric generation with BLOOM

To generate lyrics, TikTok used a large language model (LLM) called BLOOM, which stands for BigScience Large Open-science Open-access Multilingual Language Model. BigScience, described as “an open space project composed of hundreds of researchers from around the world,” first released BLOOM in November 2022. The LLM reportedly has 176 million parameters and is able to generate text in 46 natural languages and 13 programming languages.

As revealed in the research paper released by BigScience, BLOOM is comparable to OpenAI’s GPT-3 in scale but is trained on “a better documented and more representative multilingual dataset.”

The testing of ‘AI Song’ comes after the platform launched a free-to-use music production app called Ripple last year. The AI-driven app consists of two key features — a ‘Melody to Song’ generator and a virtual recording studio — with its AI model being trained on music owned by or licensed to ByteDance.

AI song Tik Tok

Source: Kristi Hines

AI rules the world

AI-powered projects and developments are something the company has been focused on for quite some time now. Back in 2019, ByteDance acquired Jukadeck, a UK-based AI music startup specializing in producing royalty-free music for user-generated videos.

In 2022, the company launched a machine-learning-driven app for music-making called Mawf, as well as an AI-powered music creation app called Sponge Band (only available in China). Let’s also not forget that ever since 2022, both TikTok and ByteDance have been on the lookout for highly skilled machine learning and AI music creation specialists in both the US and China. It’s therefore expected that more of these apps and features will come.

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