AI Generates Songs to Resemble Kurt Cobain

creAIted, a Russian startup, released an EP with four songs entirely written by a neural network that resemble the lyrics of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. 

The startup who is also a member of the NVIDIA Inception program is focused on projects to show the creative potential of AI, and the possibilities of AI and human creative synergy – building on previous work of automatically generating Russian poetry, they have now focused on the English version of the algorithm.

Using a GTX 1080 GPU and the cuDNN-accelerated TensorFlow deep learning framework, the team trained their language model on over 100mb of lyrics (from classics to today’s hits) to learn the morphology and general structure. They then passed in the information about the author of the text as a meta-parameter which in this project is Kurt Cobain. The researchers plan to release the related research paper in late-July.

New York-based musician Rob Carroll was contracted to record the vocals – listen below, it’s quite impressive!

The entire EP is available on iTunes and Google Play.

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  • Karl Marx

    the vocals are terrible

    • Lincoln Maurice

      You’re only saying that because you’re Karl Marx

  • Yan Bellavance

    so when are we going to see songs that change over time by themselves so we never get tired of listening to them aka self-evolving art? (triggered by both the original human composer and the subsequent AI composer)