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This song was algorithmically written in the style of The Strokes

Tech collective Botnik Studios are remaking rock legends with the help of AI

While you’re waiting for The Strokes to get a studio session in, it might be worth your time to check out this new project from tech collective Botnik. The tech and comedy group have released a song based on The Strokes’ lyrics – written with the help of AI – as part of their mathematically perfect pop album The Songularity.

The lyrics of “I Don’t Want To Be There” were co-written by algorithms, and recorded in Chicago by a team of artists, writers and developers. And let’s be honest – it really does sound like a song from the band. As funny as this may sound, there is a bigger purpose here. The CEO Jamie Brew said in an interview: “I expect we’ll continue to see AI tech that tries to help people do things as fast as they can while making the fewest possible decisions.” 

As part of our recent AGE OF AI campaign, Dazed investigated the musicians who are currently working with AI, and how machine learning could impact on the future of the creative industries. Take a deeper dive into the topic here, and listen to Botnik’s song below. 

If you want to help cyborgs take over the writing of music, you can donate to Botnik on their Kickstarter