One thing I can say about folk-rnn as opposed to other AI composition systems is that it can bring families together, ’round the table after dinner to peck out some glorious tunes of a totally synthetic tradition. Here’s my wife and I playing a folk-rnn (v1) original, which it has titled, “The Cunning Storm”:
We aren’t sure about the title, because it doesn’t fit the tune… at least with the common definition of “storm” — but maybe that’s just what makes this storm “cunning”. It’s a quaint little storm! Or maybe the system translated our last name from German, and so it should be “The Cunning Sturm”?
Either way, here’s the verbatim output of the system (which can be found on page 3,090 of the folk-rnn (v1) Session book, Volume 4 of 20):
You can see I wasn’t quite satisfied with bars 5, 7 and 8. The turn is totally unchanged, save the second ending. Anyhow, with these few changes, “The Cunning Storm” becomes one of my favourite machine folk ditties!