When researchers recently unveiled the first pop song composed by an artificial intelligence (AI) system, some creative types may have been nervous about the idea of robots taking over their jobs. But how exactly was AI used to write a song?

A team from the Sony CSL Research Lab used a system called Flow Machines to compose the new record, titled “Daddy’s Car.”

The song sounds like a lost Beatles track from the late 1960s, or perhaps a composition by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. François Pachet, the project’s lead researcher, told Live Science that the song wasn’t created by an AI entirely from scratch, so composers can breathe easy — at least for now.

The song’s lyrics, surreal as they sound, were written by a human, French composer Benoît Carré. The team also put together a second track, called “Mr. Shadow,” designed to incorporate the styles of Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

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