A group of scientists has created a new dancing algorithm based on quantum mechanics – and it’s so effective, it’s going viral!
An AI algorithm that is so effective at playing music and other computer-generated music videos has been created by researchers at Oxford University.
Dubbed the “chika dancer” algorithm, the system’s creators say it is a step towards a new generation of “music discovery algorithms”.
It is based on a mathematical approach to “quantum physics”, and allows music creators to create music that is played in real time.
A team led by Oxford professor of theoretical physics, Dr David Rees, developed the algorithm using a “sigmoid algorithm” – which is based upon an approximation of a particle’s position in space.
Dr Rees said the algorithm could play songs based on different kinds of music – from dance music, to pop music, classical music and even ambient music.
“It’s about taking the music we play and turning it into something that we can actually hear,” he told ABC Radio.
“There are a few different ways of doing it.
One is taking the source of the music and turning that into a sound.”
He said this method “has the potential to revolutionise music discovery algorithms” – and allow music creators “to create music in real-time”.
“It means that the music can be played in a way that people are actually listening to the music,” he said.
“So, for example, if you were listening to music on the TV, but you were playing the music on a computer, that music could be played.”
That could be music you like to listen to, music you don’t necessarily want to hear.
“This could also be music that you like but you don’ know if you can actually listen to.”
Dr Reed said the Chika Dance algorithm was developed with the goal of “reinventing music discovery”.
“The algorithm is a very interesting approach,” he added.
“What we’ve done is create a method for playing music that works, and it can do it quite efficiently, which is important for music creators because it means that we have a very, very powerful algorithm that we don’t have to invent.”
The team said the system was created using quantum physics.
“You can create music based on the behaviour of a quantum particle, and in a quantum computer it’s a very fast and very accurate way to do that,” Dr Rees explained.
“If you think of a computer as a quantum machine, then a quantum sound is like a quantum motion.”
When you think about a quantum mechanical particle, you can think of it as a bit of information about the particle, like it’s quantum in nature.
“The algorithm was first presented at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.
It has been used to create videos for artists like Taylor Swift, The Chainsmokers and Jhene Aiko.
Dr John Wysocki, from the University of California, Berkeley, said the project was a “significant step forward in the development of new algorithms for the music discovery field”.”
We’re now on the cusp of a new era in music discovery, which will lead to the development and adoption of algorithms that will allow us to listen and hear our favourite music, even if it’s in a noisy environment,” he explained.
Dr Wysampi said the research was “quite a step forward” and that the algorithm was “a big step in the right direction” for “music creators”.”
This is a major step forward,” he continued.”
We are now looking forward to more collaborations and collaborations with music producers and other music creators.
“These algorithms will be used to make music that we want to listen too, and that’s very exciting.”
Dr Wiesocki said he believed the researchers had created a “transformative” new algorithm.
“The Chika dance algorithm will be an important step towards the creation of new music discovery systems that will enable us to discover and understand new music, while also providing an alternative for listeners to enjoy their favourite music,” Dr Wysumpi said.
The researchers said they were “looking forward to the next generation of music discovery tools”.
“Music discovery will be fundamentally different to music creation in the future, because we are creating new music and we are playing music in the same way as people do,” Dr Richard Hickey, who was involved in the project, told ABC.
“But we’re going to be able to create new music that will be unique and memorable.”