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How YACHT Used Machine Learning to Create Their New Album

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The dance punk band YACHT has always felt like a somewhat techy act since debuting in the early 2000s. They famously recorded instrumental versions of two earlier albums and made them available for artists under a Creative Commons license at the Free Music Archive. Post-Snowden, they wrote a song called "Party at the NSA" and donated proceeds to the EFF. One album cover of theirs could only be accessed via fax initially (sent through a Web app YACHT developed to ID the nearest fax to groups of fans; OfficeMax must've loved it). Singer Claire L. Evans literally wrote the book (Broad Band) on female pioneers of the internet.


Yacht on Redemption & Using AI to Make Their New Album: Interview

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The ethos of the band has been to remain experimental and stir a conversation around creativity in the age of machines. With its latest album, Chain Tripping, recorded between the band's home in Los Angeles and Marfa, TX, they've pushed this conversation even further: into AI. Yacht is comprised of Claire L. Evans, Jona Bechtolt, and Rob Kieswetter, and the trio transformed and crafted its working method for Chain Tripping. The result is a 10-song pop album which falls in the intersection of DIY and high-tech. "At a certain point, you need something to push you out of your habits and make you excited, challenged and a little scared again," Evans says.


Holly Herndon Interweaves Human and Artificial Intelligence on New Album 'PROTO'

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Holly Herndon Interweaves Human and Artificial Intelligence on New Album'PROTO' Published May 06, 2019 If it's the end of the world as we know it, Holly Herndon feels fine. As the culture races into the future, her new album PROTO -- the laptop auteur's visionary third full-length -- is casually situated at the precipice of the transhumanist paradigm shift, presenting work she created with the help of new artificial intelligence. Speaking in interview over the phone from a London hotel deep into a day of press for PROTO at the end of March, Herndon explains that she programmed Spawn, with help from her partner Mat Dryhurst and coder Jules LaPlace, with a special amalgamation of various machine learning techniques that allow the A.I. "to work with sound as material" and generate audio based on its provided input, refraining from MIDI data or any kind of automated composing. She opted for machine learning instead, she says, because for her, MIDI and other alternatives provide "a very polished impression of where [A.I.] is at the moment," while remaining limited to "this kind of cul-de-sac of rehashing and recreating from a given canon." With Spawn, Herndon wanted to provide an undressed representation of A.I.'s capacities, and while performances on PROTO are often treated to Herndon's characteristically intricate and complicated processing techniques, and it can be difficult to ascertain when Spawn is participating, the technology does feature naked and unadulterated in a few sequences.


Taryn Southern's new album is produced entirely by AI

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Music has been made on computers for decades, but the technology has traditionally been much more utilitarian than collaborative when it comes to the music-making process. In recent years, however, artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved to a level where it can help artists actually create music for 50-piece orchestras and even help craft Billboard hits.


Bananas and Peanut Butter

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Apparently, there was an overwhelming response to my first blog so I get to write another one. Thanks again to both of you who read it.


Katy: I had suicidal thoughts

FOX News

Katy Perry is sharing everything with her fans. The 32-year-old singer opened up about past suicidal thoughts during a live streamed therapy session to promote her new album, Witness, on Friday. WATCH: Katy Perry Previews New Album'Witness,' Goes Live on YouTube in'Big Brother'-Style House During a meeting with Siri Sat Nam Singh, a licensed therapist who appears on Viceland's The Therapist, Perry revealed that her 2013 song, "By the Grace of God," was inspired by her former thoughts of suicide. "I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed," she said, adding that the song was written "because I do believe in something much bigger than me and I call that god for me." "You can be right or you can be loved," she added.


Is This The Tracklist For Kanye West's New Album? Pete Rock Posts Possible 'Turbo Grafx 16' Video

International Business Times

On Thursday, we reported that Kanye West was recording music at home and had enough material for a new album. Now, legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock has shared a video of him and West in studio. The producer uploaded a few videos to his private Instagram account, which have been captured by others. In one video, Pete Rock wrote, "playing 45s in da lab with Kanye West," in the caption. In another clip shared by the producer, a piece of paper with what appears to be an album tracklist written on it can be seen.


Lady Gaga: Clips from new album 'leak' on Amazon - BBC News

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Snippets of Lady Gaga's new album Joanne have been shared online after fans "tricked" Amazon's virtual assistant into playing preview clips. Previews can commonly be heard on Amazon when an album is available for pre-order, but they had been disabled for Gaga's highly-anticipated comeback. Owners of Amazon's Echo speaker then discovered they could access songs by issuing the instruction: "Play Joanne by Lady Gaga." The 30-second clips have been recorded and shared online by several fans, with one video showing Amazon's speaker lighting up and responding to the voice commands. Among the leaked songs are Hey Girl, in which Gaga duets with Florence Welch of Florence The Machine over a stomping, staccato piano line reminiscent of Elton Johns's Benny and the Jets.


Lady Gaga announces her new album, 'Joanne'

Los Angeles Times

Lady Gaga has announced a new album, and her first under her birth name -- well, almost. The singer debuted the news of a new record on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show Thursday. The LP, titled "Joanne," will come out Oct. 21 on Streamline/Interscope. The record is titled after Gaga's middle name (she was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), one she shares with her late aunt. Her family also owns the NYC Italian restaurant Joanne Trattoria.