March 22

Suno AI: Make a song in 15 seconds

My hubby is a huge blues/jazz fan and can identify many of the artists with just a few notes. So yesterday I played this little clip and asked him who was playing.

He started jammin’ out on an air guitar and identified the genre (“Delta Blues!”) but couldn’t quite get the artist.

And then I told him that the artist didn’t exist.

In an article about the future of music, Rolling Stone magazine tried out the newest generative ai model from a company called Suno.

The music appeared from the cyber ether with this simple prompt: “solo acoustic Mississippi Delta blues about a sad AI.” The technology wrote the lyrics, created a singer’s voice, composed music and delivered a full song.

How to Make a Song with Suno AI

As soon as you start making songs with Suno, you won’t be able to stop. You get several for free, but I bought the first tier pro level for about $100 for the year. I couldn’t resist. I’ve already made a couple dozen songs — check out the whole playlist here.

You have a couple of models to choose from to write your song. Then you just offer a description and click create.

A screenshot of the Suno AI music creation interface with settings for a "custom mode," including a song description field that reads "a fun, funny upbeat song about celebrating friends who are nerds,

The Custom Mode lets you enter your own lyrics and make small changes before you create your song.

Screenshot of a user interface for AI music creation with Suno AI, featuring fields for inputting lyrics, selecting music style, and naming the song.

Once you click Create 🎵, the system generates two at the same time, along with cover art! In about 15 seconds, you can hear your masterpieces. Then you can make the song longer, remix, share, add to a playlist, download as an audio/video… all the things you might want to do after your debut as a musician.

The Travels of a Feline Queen

I prompted Suno with this: “song about a professional speaker who spoils her cats but who has to travel all the time in the style of women solo artists and songwriters of the 90s.”

The results had me howling!

Tennessee Moves to Protect Artists from Deepfakes

In a bizarre coincidence, the same day I discovered Suno AI, our governor here in the state of Tennessee passed the ELVIS act.

The ELVIS Act is the first of its kind in the US: a pioneering legislation aimed at protecting musicians from unauthorized AI-generated deepfakes of their voices, The act makes it a Class A misdemeanor to use AI to mimic an artist’s voice without consent.

Does Suno infringe on artists’ rights?

Suno seems to have at least some protections against using artists’ styles without their permission. I asked for a song in the style of Alanis Morissette, and it said it wouldn’t do it with an artist’s name.

But it seems to let you refer to existing songs and styles. That’s why I could use this prompt to get a Taylor-like ballad, complete with a breakup story line: “song about an author writing a book about technology and having it be out of date as soon as it is printed in the style of We are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

If you compare that version to this one, it’s obvious that the artists’ styles and song chemistry serve as very strong inspirations.

Version two: “song about writing a book about technology and having it be out of date as soon as it is printed in the style of Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain.”

I also got another cat song with big vibes from The Big Bang Theory theme song, as well as a title similar to BBT’s episode names.

Replacing My Big Finish

Most of us don’t need to create songs for everyday life, but I like to do a big finish in my programs with custom jingles. I’ve paid Fiverr artists to create them for me before, but I think the next one will be from here. What do you think of this?


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audio, communication, just plain fun, social media, video


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