AI’s Orchestra

Sam Naji, Joseph Tekriti
November 2, 2023
10 minute read
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has transitioned from an emerging concept to an essential element in business and tech innovation. In the world of entertainment, encompassing music and film, AI is increasingly taking center stage, orchestrating a new era where creativity blends with computational power.

Survey data reveals that nearly 37% of industry professionals have already integrated AI into their production workflows, with another 30% poised to explore its capabilities soon. Furthermore, a significant 73% acknowledge the potential of AI to fulfill roles traditionally held by human producers. Echoing this trend, Ditto Music reports that 60% of musicians are now using AI to craft their compositions.

Tools like ChatGPT showcase AI's ability to mimic human writing with impressive detail, while Eleven Labs' voice cloning technology is redefining audio experiences. In the visual arts, tools like Midjourney demonstrate AI's capacity to generate and transform images.

The film industry, too, is riding the AI wave. AI is projected to play a major role in everything from scriptwriting to box-office predictions, blurring the lines between digital innovation and traditional filmmaking.

Let’s delve deeper into how AI is reshaping entertainment, examining its impact, the challenges it presents, and the promising avenues it opens for the industry's future.

Historical Context

The entertainment industry has a rich history of embracing new technology, with each innovation reshaping our cultural landscape. In the early 1900s, silent films evolved into "talkies" with the advent of optical sound recording, forever changing the way stories were told and experienced. This marked the beginning of technology's profound impact on entertainment.

The 1950s saw another leap with the introduction of color TV, making home entertainment more lively and engaging. The 1970s brought the VCR, allowing people to choose when and what they watched, a significant shift from the scheduled programming of broadcast television.

In the realm of film production, Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) has come a long way since its early days. The 1995 release of "Toy Story," the first fully computer-animated movie, set a new standard for visual storytelling.

The digital revolution further transformed the industry. The internet made content widely accessible, leading to the streaming era. Platforms like YouTube and Netflix reshaped content distribution and creation, influencing what we watch and how we watch it.

These innovations didn't just change how we access or view content; they revolutionized the economics of the industry, the concept of fame, and the interaction between creators and audiences.

Now, as AI begins to play a vital role, the entertainment industry is on the cusp of yet another transformation. AI is poised to redefine creativity, distribution, and audience engagement, promising new content types, personalized experiences, and a reimagined role for audiences in the creation process. 

AI in Music

AI in music is changing how we make, find, and enjoy music. It's starting to help create music, where programs like AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist) and Amper Music create emotionally resonant soundtracks by processing the inputs given by human users. 

Take Mubert, for example. In 2021, its users made a massive number of 21 million AI-generated tracks, amassing over 62 million minutes of streaming. By the middle of 2023, Mubert users had made over 100 million more tracks. Each track was crafted from artists' inputs and listened to at least once, showing the influence of AI in making content.

Another example of AI in music production is the use of Sony's Flow Machines. This tool allows AI to produce melodies that mimic the style of specific artists or genres. French composer Benoît Carré used Flow Machines to create the album "Hello World," which featured songs co-composed by AI. The project highlighted how AI could be an invaluable collaborator in the creative process, providing artists with a new set of tools to facilitate music creation.

In terms of curation, AI has become the maestro behind music recommendation engines. Platforms like Spotify and Apple Music use AI algorithms to analyze user preferences and listening habits, creating personalized playlists that often expose listeners to new artists and genres they are likely to enjoy. This level of personalization has redefined music distribution, making it more targeted and efficient.

The Pros and Cons: Authenticity vs. Automation

The interplay between AI and music raises some pros and cons, particularly when it comes to authenticity versus automation. 

On the positive side, AI aids music production, allowing musicians with limited resources to generate high-quality compositions and production values. It can also serve as a valuable source of inspiration, offering musicians a palette of ideas and styles from which to draw.

But relying too much on AI could make us lose what's special about music made by humans—the real emotion and the little imperfections that can make a song great. There's also the worry that if AI keeps making music to please everyone, we might end up with less variety in what we listen to.

And then there's the tricky part about who owns the music. When an AI helps make a tune, who gets the credit? Mubert's study showed that 21% of music makers have already run into trouble with copyright claims when they've used AI to help with their tracks.

The big challenge is finding the perfect mix—using AI's help without losing the unique human heart of music. It's about making sure AI is a tool that adds to the beauty of music, not something that takes away from it.

AI in Film

In the glittering world of cinema, AI is now in the director's chair, co-writing scripts, enhancing editing processes, and creating visual effects that push the boundaries of what's possible on screen. The impact of AI in filmmaking is multifaceted, addressing both the creative and technical aspects of the industry, such as:


The integration of AI in scriptwriting is transforming the foundational stage of filmmaking. Using natural language processing and machine learning, AI can analyze successful screenplays, identify patterns and structures that resonate with audiences, and help writers develop plot points and dialogue. Companies like ScriptBook offer AI-driven script analysis, providing data-driven predictions on a screenplay's potential success.


AI streamlines the tiring editing process. Tools like Adobe's Sensei use AI to automate tasks such as color correction and audio mixing, allowing editors to focus on the creative aspects of their work. AI also aids in organizing footage and identifying and tagging elements in scenes, which can significantly speed up the post-production process.

Visual Effects

Special effects are another arena where AI has an outsized impact. AI algorithms assist in creating complex CGI sequences, reducing the time and cost associated with these productions. Machine learning models can generate realistic backgrounds, crowds, and even simulate weather conditions, enabling filmmakers to conjure up fantastical worlds with a level of detail and scale that look real.

Decision Making

With its predictive analytics, AI is also helping directors assess how changes in the script might affect audience reception or box office performance. AI-driven simulations can help in deciding on the placement of the camera, the lighting of a scene, or the best take of an actor's performance.

Deepfakes and Ethical Implications

However, perhaps no other aspect of AI in film has garnered as much attention as the emergence of deepfakes—AI-generated images or videos superimposing one person's likeness over another's. This technology has immense potential for reviving deceased actors on screen or making older actors look younger, as seen in films like "The Irishman." But the same technology comes with severe ethical challenges. 

The potential for misuse is significant, as deepfakes can be used to create convincing misinformation or non-consensual use of one's image.

The film industry is currently wrestling with how to manage the creative potential and the risks of deep fakes. There's an ongoing effort to establish rules for ethical use to ensure the technology is used responsibly.

AI in Entertainment 

Beyond the realms of music and film, AI is reshaping the broader canvas of entertainment, touching everything from video games to literature and art. Let’s look at how AI is mixing things up:

Video Games

AI is making games more exciting with techniques like procedural content generation (PCG). It can create game parts by itself—like different worlds and puzzles. This means games can be bigger and more varied than ever before. For example, the game "No Man's Sky" showcases the potential of PCG, offering players an entire universe to explore, filled with planets and ecosystems that no developer could have built manually. 

AI also breathes life into non-player characters (NPCs), giving them behaviors and decision-making capabilities that make the game world more immersive and reactive. With advanced AI, NPCs can adapt to player actions, creating a more personalized and unpredictable gaming experience. 

In addition, AI-driven predictive analytics help game developers understand player behavior, helping in designing games that are more engaging and retaining.


The written word is another frontier where AI has begun to leave its mark. AI algorithms have successfully authored short stories, poetry, and even novels, challenging the notion of authorship in literature. These AI-authored works are often the result of machine learning models trained on vast datasets of text, learning stylistic variation and narrative structures.

While the current capabilities of AI in literature are mostly experimental, they hint at a future where AI could serve as a collaborator, providing writers with new plot suggestions, character developments, and even alternative endings. However, the debate remains on whether AI can truly replicate the depth of human emotion and the subtleties of cultural context that come through in literature.


In visual arts, AI-generated art has started to gain prominence, with algorithms creating artworks that have been auctioned at major houses like Christie's. These AI artists, such as Google's DeepDream and OpenAI's DALL-E, utilize generative adversarial networks (GANs) to produce images that range from eerily lifelike to avant-garde.

Interactive installations are another fascinating area where AI art thrives. These installations respond to and evolve with viewer interactions, creating a dynamic form of art that is never quite the same at any given moment. They bridge the gap between technology and human interaction, making art a more participatory experience.

The Audience's Perspective: AI as the New Critic and Curator

For audiences worldwide, AI's integration into entertainment is not merely a behind-the-scenes evolution; it's redefining the very experience of consumption and interaction with content. As AI becomes more sophisticated, it tailors the consumer experience to individual tastes with precision. 

The modern audience is greeted with an array of content personalized by AI. Streaming services, for instance, use AI to analyze viewing habits, providing recommendations that align with users' tastes. The algorithms driving these platforms are so adept at predicting preferences that they often introduce consumers to their next favorite show or movie.

In the world of gaming, AI adjusts gameplay difficulty based on player skill level and preferences, ensuring a consistently engaging experience. Similarly, in literature and art, AI can suggest books or artworks that resonate with one’s past interests, subtly guiding the journey through the cultural landscape.

This AI-driven personalization enriches the consumer experience, offering a sense of individual attention that was once the domain of boutique shops and niche services. It can make vast libraries of content feel intimate and tailored, transforming the daunting into the accessible.

Ethical Considerations

AI personalization does not come without its price. The data that enables AI to curate content to personal tastes is often sourced from the tracking of user behavior. This raises significant concerns about data privacy. Consumers must navigate the trade-off between personalized content and the amount of personal information they are willing to share.

Moreover, there's a fine line between customization and manipulation. As AI learns to predict and influence consumer behavior, it can potentially lead to a scenario where choices are directed by algorithms, subtly nudging users toward content that benefits the platform, perhaps at the expense of diversity and exposure to new ideas.

There is also the issue of the "filter bubble," a state where AI's personalized content reinforces a user's existing beliefs and interests to the point of insularity. This can limit exposure to a wider range of content and perspectives, inadvertently shaping culture and discourse in a homogenized direction.

The audience's perspective on AI in entertainment is thus a balance of excitement and caution. On one hand, there is the allure of content that feels as though it was crafted just for the individual. On the other, there is the disquieting awareness of the amount of personal data being analyzed and the potential for subtle manipulation.

The challenge for the industry is to employ AI in a way that respects the autonomy and privacy of the audience, ensuring that this powerful tool enhances, rather than detracts from, the richness of the human experience. As technology advances, it will be the responsibility of creators, distributors, and regulators alike to maintain this equilibrium, ensuring that the era of AI in entertainment is marked by innovation without infringement on the individual's right to choose freely and privately.

To Wrap It Up 

AI is changing entertainment, making things like smart recommendations and game worlds better. It helps artists and filmmakers do new, exciting things. But we must use AI wisely, thinking about privacy and other serious issues. We need rules to make sure AI helps and doesn't hurt our creativity and values. It's up to us to use AI well in entertainment, making sure it's good for everyone.

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