Hum a melody or tap a beat into a song with AI


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already entered our lives in the form of smartphones, chatbots and speakers but it has already encroached the music industry, especially in production music.

Humtap, a San Francisco-based start-up with bases in London, Berlin and Dubai, is offering a new wave of AI music composition with blockchain technology to create original music in the styles of your favourite artists.

“We developed Humtap initially as a pure technology. Most of the apps out there in the world are an application for an interesting business model over somebody else’s technology. We developed our own core technology, which is generating music through artificial intelligence. We started Humtap basically based on the premise that everybody is creative whether they express it or not,” Tamer Rashad, founder and CEO of Humtap, told Gulf News.

Everybody is expressive and people have been on social media for more than 10 years with written words, images and videos but nobody has expressed themselves with music, he said.

“Generating and creating original music was someone else’s and it is a barrier. If you think of the seven billion people in the world, we all consume music by listening to it and the people who contributed to it are representing less than one-tenth of one per cent, which means 99.9 per cent of the world is at the receiving end or listening to music through either radio, live concerts or streaming services.

“So, we thought how can we turn this passive relationship into proactive and that is Humtap,” he said.

In short, Humtap is a platform that generates original music and the characteristics of the music are original, any style [Hollywood, Bollywood, etc], any duration, scalable and in real time. It can be shared on social media and with friends.

With your voice, you can hum a melody or tap a beat and that is how the name is derived.

The app is in the Apple App Store and it is free. The Android version will come by end of the year.

“It is simple to create a non-stop classical instrumental music in seconds. We filed patents for our technology. Arabic style is going to come later this month. The new feature going to be added is the vocal,” he said.

Moreover, he said that there is no recorded music on the app but there is a brain and it is in the form of software.

Like biology and geography, he said that there is musicology and it is a science.

“We train the software to understand an artists’ style,” he said.

The company does not take an artists’ song, as there is no playing back. Any music you listen to, there are two things coming out — production and composition. The composition is where an artist sits with a piece of paper and writes notes and that is

Name: Humtap

Sector: music industry

Year Founded: 2014

Founders: Tamer Rashad

Funding: $3m plus

Employees: 10