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Sony Computer Science Laboratories Launches AI-Assisted Music Production App, Flow Machines, in Europe*

Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as Sony CSL) announced today the launch of an AI-assisted music production app, Flow Machines, in Europe*.

To expand the the creativity of music makers with AI, Sony CSL has been conducting the Flow Machines project since 2012. In 2019, Sony CSL launched Flow Machines Professional (FM Pro), a plugin for use in a digital audio workstation (DAW). This technology has been used within the Sony Group by assisting creators to produce numerous pieces of music. Flow Machines, the new application for Mac and iPad, is a cloud-based AI music production tool compatible with a wide range of DAW plugins.

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Flow Machines Features

Flow Machines is an app that assists the creator’s music production process, with an AI that suggests melodies, chords and basslines in the creator’s chosen style. To bring the creator’s style to life, Flow Machines features a unique concept called Style Palette, which includes a machine-learning model that analyzes musical data. You can choose from the various preset palettes created by Sony CSL, or create your own original Style Palette right in the app. This allows the AI to generate melodies that inspire new ideas, while preserving your own distinct style.

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Screenshots of Flow Machines: (Left) Composing using the app (Right) Selecting Style Palette

How Flow Machines works

In the Flow Machines app, users select a Style Palette that matches the genre and the chord progession of the song image they want to create. When they press the compose button, the AI will generate 8-bar melodies according to the selected chord progression. There are parameters such as note duration and melodic complexity, which allow users to have the AI generate suggested melodies that matches their intention. Users can easily export their melodies on Flow Machines as a MIDI file to their DAW.

*The European countries where Flow Machines will be launched are: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom

・iPad and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

・Flow Machines is a trademark of Sony CSL.

About Sony CSL Music team:

Sony CSL is a fundamental research laboratory based in Japan (Tokyo/Kyoto) and Europe (Paris/Rome) whose “Music and Artificial Intelligence” team has an exclusively artist-centric vision: the development of a new generation of music production tools based on Artificial Intelligence, which increase creativity and are beneficial to the music creation process. We believe that tomorrow’s production tools should stimulate the imagination, offer new possibilities for interaction while fitting as simply as possible in the modern production process.

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About Sony Group Corporation

Sony Group Corporation is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. Across its six business segments – Game & Network Services; Music; Pictures; Entertainment, Technology & Services; Imaging & Sensing Solutions; and Financial Services – Sony’s purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology.

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