THE SONGULARITY is an upcoming full-length pop album co-created by humans and machines.
To write the lyrics, we are remixing all the best text we can find: Scottish folk ballads, Amazon reviews, Carrie Underwood, The Elements Of Style and more. Our predictive text computer program suggests lyrics in the style of these influences. We set the results to original music.
The album so far
We've already started writing and recording music for THE SONGULARITY. Here's a page keeping track of all the work we've done so far.
And here is a sampling of some of the tracks we expect to appear on the final album.
Bored With This Desire To Get Ripped
Morrissey lyrics algorithmically combined with Amazon customer reviews of the P90X home workout DVD.
Negatively 4th Street
Bob Dylan lyrics combined with negative reviews of restaurants on 4th Street in Manhattan.
You Can't Take My Door
We take all of country's greatest hits and mixed them together using a recurrent neural network (RNN).
Ronald Reagan speeches plus Beach Boys lyrics.
Who we are
We are Botnik Studios. We use artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technology to remix language into comedy and art.
To herald the coming of the end of music, we are also making a DIGITAL ZINE featuring music reviews, interviews, feature stories, sheet music and art from the writers Botnik Studios and our brilliant friends.
What will your contribution support?
Costs for the digital album and zine run to $15,000. Here’s a breakdown of where your money will go:
- Recording, mixing and mastering (45%)
- Songwriters, zine writers and musicians (25%)
- Artwork (20%)
- Campaign and processing fees (10%)
Why are we here?
We chose Kickstarter over more traditional funding options because more than a we want a paying audience, we wanted to find a community of creative collaborators. We want you to be part of THE SONGULARITY. For now all we ask is that you spread the good news about the impeding musical apocalypse. However, for those who back us early and enter the cult, we have some surprises in store for later in the campaign...
Risks and challenges
We are experienced makers of comedy, machines and music. We’ve partnered with studio engineers to record these songs and budgeted their rate accordingly. But we have never done anything on this scale before. The business of getting physical items made and shipped to you is new to us.
However, we are learning fast and taking it very seriously. We’ve consulted with multiple vendors and run extensive cost models. We are confident we can deliver the goods to you in the next nine months.
Rest assured that if all else fails, we have trained a predictive text keyboard on a collection of polite and apologetic Kickstarter backer updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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