Over the past month, an AI called Dadabots has been continuously generating and broadcasting death metal on YouTube, as noted by Motherboard . Made by music technologists CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski, this algorithm is just one of the many death metal algorithms that the duo has developed over the years, each trained in the discography of a single artist.
The training method for Dadabots is to feed a sample Recurrent albums from the entire neural network of a single artist. The albums are divided into thousands of tiny samples, and then create tens of thousands of iterations to develop the AI, which starts making white noise and, finally, learns to produce more recognizable musical elements.
This particular version of Dadabots has been trained in the true death metal band Archspire, and Carr and Zukowski have previously trained the neural network in other Real bands like Room For A Ghost, Meshuggah and Krallice. In the past, they released albums made by these algorithms for free in the Dadabots Bandcamp, but having a 24/7 algorithmic death metal live broadcast is something new.
Carr and Zukowski published a summary of their work in 2017, explaining that "most generative music experiments with specific styles have explored the artists commonly found in harmony textbooks," that is, mostly classical music, and have largely ignored smaller genres such as black metal. In the newspaper, the duo said that the goal was for the AI to "achieve a realistic recreation" of the audio introduced in it, but ultimately it gave them something perfectly flawed. "Lonely vocalists become an exuberant chorus of ghostly voices," they write. "The rock bands become crunchy cubist jazz, and the mestizos of multiple recordings become a chimera of surreal sound."
Carr and Zukowski say Motherboard that they hope to have some kind of audience interaction with Dadabots in the future. For now, you can hear how death metal is produced without stopping and commenting with other people watching the live broadcast on YouTube.
Coincidentally, the repercussion of the copyright of the formation of a musical AI in a single artist is a thorny gray area without any legality. The precedents guide it, so it is possible that music like this is not available so freely on the Internet in the future. "I will not spare words," said Jonathan Bailey, iZotope's CTO on the subject at The Verge's recent immersion in music and copyright created by AI. "This is a total legal clusterfuck."