The new documentary from filmmakers Sebastian Pardo and Riel Roch-Decter, The Computer Accent
, follows the journey of the innovative and boundary-pushing band YACHT, as they attempt something unique: handing over creative control of their album to artificial intelligence. Working with researchers in the field, the group uses cutting edge machine-learning to create a one of a kind collaboration between humans and machine in all aspects of the creative process, including music, lyrics, artwork, videos, and more.
Recently, SciFi Vision talked to the musicians of the Grammy-nominated dance-pop band about their ground-breaking journey creating their album Chain Tripping
. The spark of the idea first came from band member Jona Bechtolt. “I've always been interested in interrogating new technologies and trying to break them and trying to misuse them to expose what's hidden from us,” he explained. “…This was the newest tool available, and it seemed like it was going to be important for the future. I wanted to know more about it, and I wanted us to learn about it through making things with it.”
“If we want to understand something, really, the best way to do it for us is just to try to figure out how to make something with it,” added vocalist Claire L. Evans, “because then we're going to come up against all those challenges and have to solve all the problems and get a deeper understanding of the thing.”
Although it was something new, they weren’t worried, said Robert “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter. “I think we’ve worked together enough on enough projects to know that…we're probably going to be able to be happy with [the album] just based on our working relationships and our history and past results…I don't think there was a concern that we wouldn't end up with something interesting at the end of it.”