Keywords: lyric generation, automatic song writing
TL;DR: Our work explores the potential of lyrics generation without training on melody-lyric aligned data, to circumvent the limitation of training data and the difficulty in melody-lyric modeling.
Abstract: Automatic song writing is a topic of significant practical interest. However, its research is largely hindered by the lack of training data due to copyright concerns and challenged by its creative nature. Most noticeably, prior works often fall short of modeling the cross-modal correlation between melody and lyrics due to limited parallel data, hence generating lyrics that are less singable. Besides, existing works also lack effective mechanisms for content control, a much desired feature for democratizing song creation for people with limited music background. In this work, we propose to generate pleasantly listenable lyrics without training on melody-lyric aligned data. Instead, we design a hierarchical lyric generation framework that disentangles training (based purely on text) from inference (melody-guided text generation). At inference time, we leverage the crucial alignments between melody and lyric and compile the given melody into constraints to guide the generation process. Evaluation results show that our model can generate high-quality lyrics that are more singable, intelligible, coherent, and in rhyme than strong baselines including those supervised on parallel data.
Submission Type: non-archival
Presentation Type: onsite
Presenter: Yufei Tian