AI creates new tracks from Nirvana and Amy Winehouse -
Twenty-seven years after the death of singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, Nirvana returns with a new track.
The British singer Amy Winehouse did the same, when the latter passed away in 2011. Are these new songs songs written in their lifetime never released to this day?
They are the result of artificial intelligence.
The Canadian organization Over The Bridge, which helps music professionals suffering from mental health problems, is behind these new artificially created pieces.
Through the compilation
Lost Tapes of The 27 Club
, the association wishes to educate the public about depression, isolation and mental health problems that musicians may suffer from.
“Somehow in the music industry depression is normalized and romanticized… Their music is seen as genuine suffering,” said Sean O'Connor, board member of Over The Bridge at the Rolling Stone site.
The 27 Club
Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse or Jimi Hendrix are often grouped under the name of the Club of 27. These musical artists indeed all died at the age of 27 and most of them suffered from depression.
The new tracks from Nirvana, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix were put together by Magenta, an artificial intelligence owned by Google.
To do this, the AI analyzed around thirty songs from each artist, in order to compose a song that resembled them.
The Ove The Bridge association called on another program to write the lyrics, also inspired by the artists' discography.
Finally, vocal lookalikes performed the artificially created songs.
The result is quite convincing, even if the illusion is far from perfect in terms of the voice.
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