Listen to the Computer Program That Sings ’90s Hits With Soul

Listen to the Computer Program That Sings ’90s Hits With Soul

What do machines sing of? It sounds like a Philip K. Dick novel, but it’s actually a computer program that might appear in one. Media artist and multi-disciplinary technologist Martin Backes (his website describes him as an “artist, designer, director, performer, hacker, composer, DJ and lecturer”)  has created an algorithm to make a computer sing – but not in a Speak & Spell, robot-mimic fashion, with feeling.

Built at the University of Arts in Berlin, with support from open-source sound toolkit SuperCollider, “What do machines sing of? is a fully automated machine, which endlessly sings number-one ballads from the 1990s,” Backes’ site explains. “As the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality.”

Thus far, the machine only sings love ballads by Whitney Houston, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Bryan Adams, and of course, Celine Dion.

We’d love to hear what a computer’s version of Daft Punk would sound like… [Article via Beatport by Theo Bark]