Is this really the best use for artificial intelligence and music?

A couple of weeks back, I reported on a project in which I was involved called The Lost Tapes of the 27 Club. Part of it involved using artificial intelligence to extrapolate what Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison might have sounded like had they continued to write new songs. The story got great pick-up around the world.

Here’s the Kurt song. It’s pretty amazing.

For some reason, though, this AI project sought to continue the legacy of, er, Aqua’s “Barbie Girl,” one of the most annoying pop songs in the history of humanity. Here’s what happened.

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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