SKYGGE - Magic Man. 'Hello World' Album out now, with Stromae, Kiesza, Jata, The Pirouettes, C Duncan, Camille Bertault... here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q39R_w94MSQ&t=0s&list=PLDLD_n0Am-yOO6qXnB3zLsWJRiZfcEcBf&index=2
Watch the music video for ' Hello Shadow' feat. Kiesza : https://youtu.be/QgD9y9aBhSc
Composed by SKYGGE with Flow Machines, inspired by French pop of the 80s
Audio stems generated: choirs
Vocals: Mariama Jalloh, SKYGGE
Bass: Jérôme Lavaud
Drums: Raphael Chassin at the Studio Melodium
Performance synths: Michael Lovett
Additional synths: Napkey
Mixed by Fred Decès
Produced by SKYGGE
SKYGGE fed Flow Machines with French pop songs from the 80s. The machine generated this simple melody, which sounded excitingly groovy once SKYGGE rendered it with a generated choir. The title comes from a phrase that returns frequently in this choir: Magic Man. It was a nice surprise that the machine came up with a shiny pop song title with such an electro-disco feel. Flow Machines generated guitars from an American folk stem for the demo. Flow Machines also generated other vocals on the verse, and SKYGGE sang over those voices to get a more complex vocal blend. He also asked the singer Mariama to sing with the choir in order to reinforce the groove. The lyrics are a kind of mashup from all the generated syllables. French electro band Napkey worked on the arrangement at the end of the production. Michael Lovett added synthesizer arpeggios.
“Hello World” is the first multi-artist music album composed with Artificial Intelligence. Its goal is to show that AI can be used to create new, compelling music, and not mere lab demos. The album is intended to become a landmark album in the history of technology and music creation.
This project started as a research project (the Flow-Machines project, conducted at Sony Computer Science Laboratories and University Paris 6, and funded by the ERC) in which scientists were looking for algorithms to capture and reproduce musical “style”. Many scientific and technical results were obtained. Some prototypes were built, with rudimentary interfaces (and lots of bugs). However, the novelty and huge potential of the approach triggered the attention of a few talented musicians who joined the team. In 2016, we launched a song in the style of the Beatles, Daddy’s car, as well as a less conventional title (Mr. Shadow) that would become the theme of this album.
Then more musicians came. At some point, artists took control, and the scientific project became a music project.
This album is the result of this story. All the songs were created by artists using the technology: composers, singers, musicians, producers, sound engineers, in many musical genres (Pop, Electronic, Ambient, Jazz). With this diversity of skills, we had a single objective: use these new technologies to create novel, interesting music, yet music that would please our ears. Most importantly, music that the artists wanted to make!
Melodic twists, harmonic surprises, timbral juxtapositions, with a strong sense of direction and with the uncompromising goal of making really good music, music that can touch and challenge the fan base of the artists.
This album was curated by Benoit Carré, head of SKYGGE and member of the Flow-Machines team. He worked with many musicians: Stromae, Kiesza, Kyrie Kristmanson, Camille Bertault, the Pirouettes, Médéric Collignon, C. Duncan, NZCA Lines, Jata and many others.
This is the story of musicians who met in the lab, and took control of the technology to compose the music they had in their souls and which was unleashed by the AI.
You can follow the project here:
The research has been conducted by Sony Computer Science Laboratories Paris（Sony CSL Paris) and Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC)
Directed by French photographer Jean-Francois Robert - whose work has been published on prestigious magazines such as Time Magazine, GQ, Elle, Madame Figaro and La Republica – and inspired by the choirs Flow-Machines generated on this song, the video depicts a strange and poetic character representing the essence of the AI project, a symbiosis between man and machine.