What’s already being referred to as “Weird but Wonderful”; Blob Opera Game is the Google’s latest musical experiment with machine learning. The leading tech giant is also joined in by artist David Li for the Blob opera collaboration.
Google often comes in with several interesting ideas for its popular Google Doodle games. However, this one is still pretty unique from the rest of its musical doodles because this one does not use any instrument sounds to create music but the oldest known form of music, human voice itself.
What is Blob Opera all about?
Blob Opera game or experiment features four cute-little blobs singing an opera. To be more precise, the musical experiment model utilizes machine learning to make the quartet sync and sing in harmony like a live performing opera.
Google wrote in its blog post, “We developed a machine learning model trained on the voices of four opera singers in order to create an engaging experiment for everyone, regardless of musical skills. Tenor, Christian Joel, bass Frederick Tong, mezzo-soprano Joanna Gamble and soprano Olivia Doutney recorded many hours of singing.”
However, the blog also clarifies that in the experiment what we hear isn’t the voice of the four actual singers but rather the machine learning model’s understanding of what opera singing sounds like based on what it learned from the opera singers.
Give your opera skills a try with Machine Learning
You can go to the Google’s Art and Culture section to find the Blob Opera experiment. You can use it to create your own Blob Opera composition by the resulting experiment allows you to play Blob Opera, altering pitch & vowel sounds to create your own composition.
The four blobs representing tenor, bass, mezzo-soprano and soprano will respond to your input and harmonize on your cue in real time. You can also record these little compositions and send it across as virtual presents for this Christmas and festive season.
Moreover, Google has also been considerate for those of us who may feel a little shy and awkward about experimenting with the Blob Opera to create our own composition. So, it also enables the ML-enabled opera of the four blobs to sing some festive classics like Jingle Bells as we sit back and enjoy.