Lyricists should write concretely sufficient to be evocative, but vaguely sufficient to permit every listener his private interpretation. The 19-sixties and seventies noticed an particularly wealthy steadiness struck between resonant ambiguity and large reputation — aided, as many concerned events have admitted, by way of sure psychoactive substances. Half a century later, the visions induced by those self same substances provide the closest comparability to the putting fruits of visible artificial-intelligence tasks like Google’s Deep Dream just a few years in the past or DALL-E at the moment. Solely pure, maybe, that these superior functions would eventually be fed psychedelic track lyrics.
The video on the prime of the publish presents the Electrical Gentle Orchestra’s 1977 hit “Mr. Blue Sky” illustrated by pictures generated by synthetic intelligence straight from its phrases. This got here as a much-anticipated endeavor for Youtube channel SolarProphet, which has additionally put up equally AI-accompanied displays of such already goofy-image-filled comedy songs as Lemon Demon’s “The Final Showdown” and Neil Cicierega’s “It’s Gonna Get Bizarre.”
Youtuber Daara has additionally created ten entries on this new style, together with Queen’s “Don’t Cease Me Now,” The Eagles’ “Lodge California,” and (the recently-featured-on-Open-Tradition) Kate Bush’s “Operating Up That Hill.”
Jut above seems a video for David Bowie’s “Starman” with AI-visualized lyrics, created by Youtuber Aidontknow. Created isn’t too robust a phrase, since DALL-E and different functions at present accessible to the general public present a collection of pictures for every immediate, leaving it to human customers to offer specifics in regards to the aesthetic — and, within the case of those movies, to pick out the end result that most accurately fits every line. One delight of this specific manufacturing, aside from the boogieing kids, is seeing how the AI imagines varied starmen ready within the sky, all of whom look suspiciously like early-seventies Bowie. Of all his songs of that interval, absolutely “Life on Mars?” can be alternative primary for an AI music video — however then, its imagery might be too weird for present know-how to deal with.
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Based mostly in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His tasks embody the Substack e-newsletter Books on Cities, the e-book The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by way of Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video collection The Metropolis in Cinema. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall, on Fb, or on Instagram.