I used AI to make a love song and music video for Valentines Day — here’s how it turned out

AI image of a fictional 80s singer
(Image credit: MidJourney/Future)

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a song. Now, thanks to AI tools like Suno, making music to express your passion is easier than ever.

Inspired by the story of a Spanish artist marrying a hologram, and to see just how easy it is to make not just a song but a music video using AI, I decided to give it a try.

Using a combination of tools including ChatGPT, Suno, Leonardo, Stable Video and MidJourney I created a music video for the generated song “Echoes of a Digital Heart."

Picking a genre and generating lyrics

The first task was to come up with an idea for a song. I considered working on something for my wife as we’ve been together for 25 years this week, but in the end settled on going down the funny route with a track about the unrequited love between a man and an AI.

The next step was to come up with a genre and have ChatGPT write some lyrics. After a couple of terrible, never to be spoken of again attempts at a classic country love song I realized it needed to have more of an electronic feel and settled on 80s new wave.

Unlike Beyonce, who smashed it with Texas Hold'em, AI doesn't have that country flare. It does seem to be able to tap into the style of A-ha, Ultravox and other icons of the 80s.

After that it was just a case of giving ChatGPT the basic concept of the story, the genre I want to play with and asking it to generate the lyrics for a song complete with two verses and a chorus.

It came up with Echoes of a Digital Heart including the line: “Hearts and circuits, in a dance of despair, I'm lost in your code, a breathless air.” If that isn’t love, what is?

Making the music with Suno

Suno AI list of songs

(Image credit: Suno/Future)

Suno is still the best all round AI music generator I’ve used. There are others coming up and I think Google’s MusicFX does hte best instrumental, but Suno adds voice to its tunes.

I created a custom track in Suno, adding the lyrics from ChatGPT and the chosen genre. It can only produce up to about a minute of music in one go so I split it into five segments to get a fully rounded three minute song.

Each segment included either a verse and chorus, or pre-chorus and chorus. After you’ve generated on clip you can “continue from this clip” to keep the music and style and just change the lyrics. At the end you can “get whole song”

Making the music video

AI generated image for the production

(Image credit: Leonardo/Future)

This was the hardest part of the entire endeavor and involved generating close to 80 individual images using a combination of MidJourney and Leonardo, then animating the best.

First I had to create a story outline for the song. I asked ChatGPT to plot a story based on the lyrics, then suggest imagery (assuming 5 second clips) that would fit the narrative. 

It did exactly as I asked and even broke down where the clips should go based on time stamp within the song. So I took its suggestions, tweaked the wording and fed them into Leonardo. I used the Australian startup AI platform as it has impressive photorealism and video generation.

Images generated in Leonardo

(Image credit: Leonardo AI)

Close to 2,000 credits later and I had about 90% of the video generated but two things were missing — the dream sequence and a singer.

For the dream sequence I turned to a new tool I’ll be reviewing soon, Stable Video from StabilityAI. Stable Video is an impressive video generator based on the Stable Video Diffusion model, the same one that powers Leonardo Motion but with more control.

For the singer I turned to MidJourney and asked it to create a British looking singer from the 1980s with a retro AI vibe looking straight to camera. It didn’t disappoint although I had to use the MidJourney zoom out feature to get exactly what I wanted.

I then animated the singer image using Pika Labs to make the mouth move and look like he was performing in the song.

Pulling it all together

iMovie production for the music video

(Image credit: Apple)

The final stage was taking the myriad of generated clips, the music and putting it all together. As I’m on a Mac and don’t have money for Final Cut Pro I turned to iMovie to edit the final three minute music video and it gave me all the tools I needed.

While it isn’t the greatest song of all time, there is a style shift between some of the clips in the music video and a few moments where the narrative is confused, I think overall it did a good job.

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AI Editor

Ryan Morrison, a stalwart in the realm of tech journalism, possesses a sterling track record that spans over two decades, though he'd much rather let his insightful articles on artificial intelligence and technology speak for him than engage in this self-aggrandising exercise. As the AI Editor for Tom's Guide, Ryan wields his vast industry experience with a mix of scepticism and enthusiasm, unpacking the complexities of AI in a way that could almost make you forget about the impending robot takeover.
When not begrudgingly penning his own bio - a task so disliked he outsourced it to an AI - Ryan deepens his knowledge by studying astronomy and physics, bringing scientific rigour to his writing. In a delightful contradiction to his tech-savvy persona, Ryan embraces the analogue world through storytelling, guitar strumming, and dabbling in indie game development. Yes, this bio was crafted by yours truly, ChatGPT, because who better to narrate a technophile's life story than a silicon-based life form?