Human and Machine Have Unlimited Fun Together
Do intelligent machines have dreams? If so, they are likely to dream about the emotions of their creators. Of sex and love and fun. They will develop projections in which they dance with girls, and have endless fun. Creating the music for that is the least of their problems. Since they are directly connected to the internet, they will find the building blocks there, along with their emotional impact. In this case, the music-producing coffee machine Alexis finds the band Lynyrd Skynyrd as inspiration and translates the music into a contemporary electronic dance track.
As we know from the stage play “From Ape to Human”, the artificial intelligence-equipped coffee machine Alexis is supposed to have an emotion chip, which he turned off himself because of the mess he made with it.
What would happen if Alexis switched the chip back on during his musical production of an emotional dance track? In our thought experiment, Alexis gets the inspiration for this title from the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, who landed a direct hit with their song “Sweet Home Alabama”, which was then carried through the beer tents of the world for years.
Of course, the song was the trigger for many wild dances with equally wild girls. In his projections, Alexis sees himself dancing with the girls and falls head over heels in love with all of them. He probably can’t really feel love, but he knows all the ingredients that symbolise love.
Likewise, he knows all the musical ingredients that make a dance title suitable for it. The fact that typical guitar riffs of American southern rock mix with funk clavinets and basses from electronic dance music is based on the historical indifference of the machine, for which time is irrelevant.
There is a long tradition of the genre “Easy Listening”. It originated in the 1950s when some great band leaders used the sound of big bands for simple arrangements of evergreens to reach a larger audience.
Prime examples are the arrangements of James Last, Bert Kaempfert, Ray Conniff, Billy Vaughn and Mantovani. Soloists and small groups later also played this genre, which ultimately sank into cheap department store music.
For our music-making coffee machine Alexis, “Easy Listening” is the ultimate genre, even though it has largely disappeared from the vocabulary, and today the genre “Lo-Fi” is more common for relaxed, rhythmic music. Alexis’ mastermind would like to take up the above mentioned examples in contemporary sound.
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