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Keep AI Out of The Recording Studio

After the popularization of AI covers, the place of AI in the music industry has been called into question
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A graphic of a robot generating music.

Artificial intelligence has been popularized via social media and is most commonly used for creating images, making predictions and a fan favorite among students, homework help. But as it’s become more prevalent in the music industry, debates have arisen about whether it threatens the authenticity that connects producers and listeners. What originally started as TikTok users creating silly song covers using AI has developed into artists creating entire songs using the voices and lyrics of past creations and passing them off as new. Where do we draw the line?

It’s hard to be original in a time when you can create pieces of art with the click of a button. As AI has gained popularity, it’s become easier for artists to make songs using vocals recreated by AI Technology such as FlowGPT, SongStarter and AudioShake. Although the advancements in technology make it easier for artists to create sounds with minimal equipment, it makes it too easy for lazy creators to mimic original ideas and take credit for them.

Surely AI can effortlessly make a convincing song cover or generate a collab, but it’ll never live up to the rawness of a true, human voice. There’s always going to be a hint of artificialness that keeps me from enjoying it. The basis of what makes a song that sticks is the emotion that helps listeners relate to it. Even though the idea of a computer-generated song is intriguing, it takes away the sentiment that connects artists and listeners.

Not to mention the inability of AI to create new, 100% original ideas. Every song or genre “created” by AI is really just old ideas and recordings combined to make a new product. This also raises the issue of credit. How much attention will AI songs’ using popular artists’ voices get before they start wanting compensation? Most artificially made songs are made without artists’ consent, which could lead to accreditation issues and copyright infringement.

Although it’s fun to explore the abilities of artificial intelligence and create new things, a clear boundary needs to be set between what we call “actual music” and things that mimic true talent.

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Jadyn Grayes
Jadyn Grayes, A&E and Multimedia Editor

Jadyn Grayes is a senior at Robinson and the A&E and Multimedia Editor of Knight Writers. This is her third year on staff and her second year as an editor.

This year, Grayes decided to continue journalism because she enjoys the experience, her classmates and the environment.

“I chose journalism, because, well, one, I'm an editor and two, I really liked the environment and the group of people that I've come to know in my years in journalism,” Grayes said. 

In an ideal world, she would be an immigration attorney, after witnessing her mother's experiences as an immigrant. 

“Yeah, career-wise, I would be an immigration attorney because my mom is an immigrant. When I was little, hearing about her experience, like coming to America, made me want to help people going through the same thing. And growing up finding out that there was a career that enabled me to do that. It just kind of like set a fire in my heart," Grayes said. 

Outside reporting for Knight Writers, Grayes is also on the cheerleading team. She tutors younger children in her spare time.

"Because kids who have been through a lot of stuff, big time, they kind of have like a wall that you have to get through. So, it also helps me learn to like to put myself in other people's shoes, especially when you're teaching and it gave me a lot of respect for teachers because I never realized how tough it could be getting through to kids," Grayes said. 

If there was one thing she could teach the world, it would be to treat each other with respect and kindness.

“Honestly, you just never know what people are going through. Like I would say I'm pretty emotionally intelligent. But I never realized that people tend to hide so much so well. So I think just having empathy for everyone, no matter how they treat you, is one of the biggest things I'd have to face," Grayes said.

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Janiece Mitchner
Janiece Mitchner, Senior Staff Writer
Janiece Mitchner is a junior at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. While Mitchner was placed in journalism by chance, she has enjoyed the last year making drawings for the newspaper. "Since I suck at writing, I draw for the newspaper," Mitchner said. Mitchner has been drawing for five years and hopes to earn the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) Artist of the Year award in the future. "I usually draw characters, superheroes, anime characters and generally whatever looks interesting to me. It calms me when I draw and listen to music," Mitchner said. Besides art, Mitchner enjoys relaxing, volunteering for Girl Scouts and listening to music; particularly, her all-time favorite artist is Justin Bieber. The rest of Mitchner's time not designated towards art, school and music is put towards working at Qdoba, where she tends to work 20 hours a week. Mitchner has had to move multiple times due to her dad's military obligations. She has been living in Tampa for the last two years but does miss her last home in North Dakota. "Moving to Tampa has been kind of hard for me," Mitchner admitted. "I definitely miss having some snow, I'd rather be cold than hot." Besides North Dakota, Mitchner has also lived in Texas at two different times. Despite the numerous moves, Mitchner has stayed close with her family, including her younger brother and sister. Janiece, however, draws her ultimate inspiration from her mother. "She is my role model and is always able to balance all my siblings' requests. She's also very good at managing her time," Mitchner said. Mitchner is looking forward to graduating next year and plans to continue doing art actively as well as go on the culinary trip to Japan. "I hope that by the end of high school, my artwork will be in an art portfolio for college," Mitchner said. Profile by (Anika Sanka)
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