Dreadful - with no redeeming features.
Have them do The Shaggs next.
This is an atrocity. Without getting into a deep philosophical discussion about consciousness and whether it can be created or simulated by AI, it’s quite obvious to me that true art needs to have a human being involved, who can experience joy, love, lust, disappointment, sadness, ecstasy, depression, and an acute awareness of their own mortality, and impart keen insights into the work. AI can imitate, and replicate by variation, the words, melodies, rhythms, timbres etc. but not the content, the meaning. The music “industry” (what a disgusting concept) will embrace this misguided effort and further alienate true musicians while cranking out plastic hits.
This is interesting as an experiment because the Beatles have such a diverse catalog. It exposes the limits of what current AI can grok and imitate. What fascinates me is how contrasting this with the actual Beatles exposes in us the many things we intuitively understand about music, and so often take for granted.
If the same algorithm was applied to house music, I bet it would be virtually indistinguishable from any house music produced previously.
I bet this thing could do a great version of The Stooges “Funhouse” album. I seriously love that album, but so much of it is: Riff; Iggy yelp; wah wah solo; and saxophone screech. I dunno, I’d like to hear it.
Sounds more like Oasis.
AI: Request context for
I am the egg man
They are the egg men
I am the walrus
Goo goo g’joob, goo goo goo g’joob
Goo goo g’joob, goo goo goo g’joob, goo
Joob, joob, jooba
Jooba, jooba, jooba
Computer Scientist: Honestly I think Lennon was just doing a lot of shrooms.
If The Beatles changed their name to The Mumbles
Sounds like the Grateful Dead on a good day
I’ll take that bet. House music is more diverse than the Beatles catalogue, and because of sampling and remixes there is some crossover too. Then you have all the edge cases, like where does disco end and Chicago house music begin? When did early gabber stop being house music (if it ever did)? When did Detroit techno become techno? Does Hi-NRG count?
The Beatles are a well defined problem for the AI in comparison.
It’s as if John listened to their worst outtake of “What’s the New Mary Jane?” and said, “No, it’s much too coherent.”
You caught me - that was flamebait on my part.
Just checking to see if there were any other EDM heads in the house
How could there be such intense rivalries between subgernes of house music if it was actually literally indistinguishable?
Like any niche culture or connoisseurship, different genres of house music may sound similar to outsiders, but be as different as night and day to those familiar with its history and nuance.
Fun fact: its even MORE fun trolling people into classical music. Beethoven, Debussy, and Copeland all sound the same to me… I bet the AI could make one song that sounded like all of them, and no one could tell the difference.
Anyone who tries playing gatekeeper for artists, is setting themselves up for failure.
As stand alone music, this isn’t terrific art. But computer programmers still get to play at art. And the output of the software they’ve created here is less interesting than the software itself.
Music -the way I hear it- is made of ideas, and this album seems made of the averages of other peoples ideas, rather than ideas themselves.
But I’d be curious to hear what the machine would do with nursery rhyme songs, or movie soundtracks.
You know how cilantro tastes like soap to some people? That’s the Beatles for me. If you like the Beatles…well, this is what they sound like to people who don’t like them.
The fact that AI in its best effort might come up with something as flat, boring and uninspired as this, something totally deprived of any spark of the genius that was the blueprint of the Beatles, is somehow refreshing… really makes you realize there’s no sub for the human mind…
If you trained an AI with this song, would it spit out a song in Italian? Or English?
Sounds like the AI had a really bad acid trip. Musically this is horrible. I see a few “not bad for AI” comments and I think “good thing i never bothered with the bad stuff”.