A Korean AI team have brought a legendary singer back from the dead

 Shin Hae-chul was a legend in Korea and when he died in 2014–it was complications from surgery that ended in a medical malpractice case–it was a tragedy for music fans. But despite stubbornly remaining dead, Shin has returned to the airwaves thanks to AI technology.

Using tech known as “personalized speech to text,” researchers took recordings from a radio show, Shin Hae-chul’s Ghost Station which ran between 2001 and 2012, and brought Shin’s voice back to life.

This giant dataset is being used to generate Shin’s voice, complete with his pronunciation quirks and dialect. Fans can now listen to Shin on a new radio program that translates to AI DJ, Meeting with Shin Hae-chul. The show features comments about the problems South Korean indie bands are facing during COVID.

Cool or spooky? I should point out here that when he was alive, Shin was referred to “Demon Lord” and “The Devil” because of the way he prowled the stage.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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