The ultimate collaborator in music | Music AI Sandbox

Google DeepMind
14 May 202403:01

TLDRIn this video transcript, we explore the innovative use of Music AI tools in the creative process of music production. Wyclef Jean, a renowned hip-hop producer, likens the AI's role to 'virtually digging in the crates', where he can sample and create songs from the AI's output. Justin Tranter and Blush discuss the excitement of using AI to manifest their creative visions, like recreating the ambiance of Paris Fashion Week 1986. Marc Rebillet finds AI particularly useful for filling in sparse elements of his music loops, experimenting with instruments like bongos and viola to add a human touch to the compositions. The artists express their awe at the speed and creativity AI tools bring to their music-making process, highlighting the potential for AI to revolutionize the way music is produced.


  • 🎵 Wyclef Jean explores the potential of AI in music production, highlighting how it allows him to 'virtually dig in the crates' to sample and create music.
  • 🌍 Jean is excited about the fusion possibilities AI brings, like mixing cultural sounds from Haiti and Brazil.
  • 🔍 AI tools provide a new way for artists to explore endless musical possibilities, referred to as 'digging in the infinite crate.'
  • 🎹 Justin Tranter sees AI as a way to translate the music in his head into reality, despite not being a new-school producer.
  • 🌆 Tranter and Blush are inspired by atmospheric and unique prompts for their songwriting, like 'Paris Fashion Week 1986' and 'Berlin in '79.'
  • 🕒 The desire to create gritty, atmospheric vibes for late-night settings (3:00 AM) shows how specific moods are targeted in their creative process.
  • 🥁 Marc Rebillet uses AI to enrich his music by adding layers like bongos, violas, and rhythmic clapping, enhancing the human feel of his loops.
  • 👫 AI is characterized as a collaborative 'weird friend' that suggests new ideas to try, enhancing the creativity of artists.
  • 🚀 The speed at which AI helps materialize ideas from the artist's head into actual music tracks is highlighted as a major benefit.
  • 🎉 The general sentiment from artists about AI in music is overwhelmingly positive, emphasizing its role in amplifying and accelerating creative processes.

Q & A

  • What does Wyclef Jean suggest when he mentions 'putting it right back into the Music AI tool'?

    -Wyclef Jean is referring to the process of using the Music AI tool to generate music by inputting a rhythmic pattern, and then using the output to inspire and create new music.

  • How does the concept of 'digging in the crates' translate to the virtual world as per Wyclef Jean's description?

    -In the virtual world, 'digging in the crates' refers to the process of searching through and sampling digital music data provided by the AI tool, similar to how a hip-hop producer would sample music from vinyl records.

  • What does Justin Tranter find exciting about AI tools in music production?

    -Justin Tranter finds it exciting that AI tools allow him to hear and achieve the musical ideas he has in his head, even if he is not a new-school producer, by translating his language as a songwriter into music.

  • What kind of prompts does Justin Tranter want to inspire the music he and Blush write?

    -Justin Tranter expresses a desire for more atmospheric and unusual prompts, such as 'Paris Fashion Week 1986,' to inspire the music he and Blush are creating.

  • How does Blush react to the music created with the AI tool?

    -Blush reacts positively to the music created with the AI tool, expressing that she loves the sound and finds it to be great.

  • What does Marc Rebillet find useful about AI in his music production?

    -Marc Rebillet finds AI useful for filling in the sparser elements of his music loops, allowing him to experiment with different instruments and sounds to enhance his compositions.

  • How does the use of AI tools make the creative process faster according to Wyclef Jean?

    -Wyclef Jean suggests that AI tools can speed up the process of translating one's creative ideas from the mind into actual music, allowing for rapid and efficient creation.

  • What does Marc Rebillet mean when he says the AI makes the music sound 'a little more human'?

    -Marc Rebillet implies that the AI's ability to fill in sparse elements and add variety to the music gives it a more organic and human-like quality, despite being generated by a machine.

  • What is the term used to describe the loops created by Google's AI tool?

    -The term used to describe the loops created by Google's AI tool is 'gloops'.

  • How does Wyclef Jean describe the experience of using the Music AI tool?

    -Wyclef Jean describes the experience as exciting and limitless, like 'digging in the infinite crate,' allowing for endless creative possibilities.

  • What creative environment does Justin Tranter want to set up for the music he and Blush are working on?

    -Justin Tranter wants to create a more atmospheric and unconventional environment for their music, suggesting prompts like '3:00 AM' and 'Berlin in '79' to inspire their work.

  • How does the use of AI in music production affect the way artists collaborate?

    -The use of AI in music production allows for a more dynamic and experimental collaboration, as artists can easily explore different sounds and styles, and incorporate their unique ideas into the music more quickly and effectively.



🎵 Music AI and Creativity in Production

Wyclef Jean discusses the use of the Music AI tool in the creative process, comparing it to the traditional method of sampling from vinyl records. He expresses excitement about the potential of combining different cultural sounds, such as Haitian and Brazilian music. The paragraph also includes discussions about the use of AI for music production with other artists like Justin Tranter and Blush, who explore different musical prompts and the ability to bring their creative visions to life with AI assistance. They also experiment with various sounds and loops, emphasizing the human-like quality that AI can bring to music.



💡Music AI tool

A Music AI tool refers to an artificial intelligence system designed to assist in the creation, composition, or performance of music. In the context of the video, Wyclef Jean uses the Music AI tool to experiment with different musical styles by inputting various beats and rhythms, simulating the process of a hip-hop producer sifting through vinyl records for samples.

💡Hip-hop producer

A hip-hop producer is an individual who creates and shapes the sound of hip-hop music, often by sampling existing music and building new tracks around those samples. In the video, Wyclef Jean, a renowned hip-hop producer, discusses his traditional process of creating music and how the AI tool allows him to virtually 'dig in the crates' for samples in an innovative way.


Vinyls are records made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which were a primary medium for the commercial distribution of music until the late 20th century. In the script, the act of 'digging in the crates' refers to the practice of searching through collections of vinyl records for samples to use in new music, a common technique in hip-hop production.


Sampling in music production is the act of reusing a portion or a snippet of a sound recording in another recording. It's a fundamental technique in hip-hop where producers take a piece of a song, often an instrumental or a beat, and use it as the basis for a new composition. The video script mentions how the AI tool facilitates this process by providing a vast, 'infinite crate' of samples.


A songwriter is a person who writes lyrics and composes music for songs. Justin Tranter, a songwriter featured in the video, expresses excitement about the AI tool's ability to translate his creative visions into sound, allowing him to achieve the musical ideas he hears in his head without needing to be a 'new-school producer'.


In music, 'atmospheric' describes a style or element that creates a particular mood or feeling, often through the use of ambient sounds, textures, or unconventional instruments. Justin Tranter and Blush discuss wanting more 'atmospheric' and 'weirder prompts' like 'Paris Fashion Week 1986' to inspire their creative process.


The term 'gloops' seems to be a playful or proprietary term used in the video to describe unique musical loops created by the AI tool. Marc Rebillet mentions using 'Google's loops' or 'gloops' to fill in sparse elements of his music, suggesting that these AI-generated loops are versatile and can be manipulated to achieve a more human sound.

💡Humanizing music

Humanizing music refers to the process of making music sound more natural, relatable, or expressive, often by incorporating elements that mimic human performance. Marc Rebillet finds the AI tool useful for adding sparser elements to his music loops, which paradoxically makes the music sound more human, despite being generated by an AI.


Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something. In the video, the AI tool is portrayed as a catalyst for creativity, allowing artists to move at 'light speed' with their creative ideas. Wyclef Jean emphasizes the tool's ability to speed up the process of getting ideas from the mind into a tangible musical form.


A loop in music is a repeated sequence of musical phrases or beats that can be used as the foundation for a song or as a background element. The AI tool mentioned in the video generates loops, which the artists can then manipulate and build upon to create their music, showcasing the tool's role in streamlining the music creation process.

💡Musical elements

Musical elements refer to the various components that make up a piece of music, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. The artists in the video discuss using the AI tool to experiment with different musical elements, like bongos, viola, and rhythmic clapping, to create unique and engaging soundscapes.


Wyclef Jean explores the fusion of Haitian and Brazilian music using the Music AI tool.

The excitement of not knowing what the AI will create from the input.

Hip-hop producers traditionally sample from vinyl records; the AI tool allows a modern, digital approach to this.

AI enables non-traditional producers to achieve their creative visions by translating their language into music.

The concept of 'digging in the infinite crate' symbolizes the limitless possibilities AI provides in music creation.

Justin Tranter discusses the ease of using AI to manifest the sounds he hears in his head.

The desire for more atmospheric and unique prompts, such as 'Paris Fashion Week 1986', to inspire songwriting.

The collaborative process between Tranter, Blush, and the AI tool to create music.

The use of AI to generate more human-sounding music through the addition of sparse elements.

Marc Rebillet's experience with AI filling in the gaps in his music loops.

The playful experimentation with different instruments and sounds, such as bongos and viola, with AI.

The ironic result of AI making music sound more human.

The creation of 'gloops', a unique term for the AI-generated loops.

Wyclef Jean emphasizes the speed at which AI can bring creative ideas to life.

The overall amazement and excitement about the capabilities of AI in music production.

The transformative impact of AI on the music creation process, allowing for rapid and boundless creativity.