High-tech Japan uses AI in composing song to welcome Pope Francis

Few aspects of life escape the high-tech touch in cutting-edge Japan, including an official song written to welcome Pope Francis when he visits the country from Saturday (Nov 23).

Written by Mr Jun Inoue, the song, “Protect all Life – The Signs of the Times”, is based on the theme of the Pope’s Japan visit and was partly composed using an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered programme Mr Inoue created that can write a piece of music in a few seconds.

Mr Inoue, a producer and composer who has written for top bands such as Arashi, and is Catholic, said he agonised overusing the AI programme but finally decided to include it because the history of music and technology were intertwined.

“I thought I should give everything I had to the song, so I decided to put in all the cutting-edge technology I had,” he told Reuters. He shares composing credit with “Amadeus Code AI”.

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