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We're mashing up all the best text in history to create the ultimate album, with lyrics cowritten by computer algorithms and people.
We're mashing up all the best text in history to create the ultimate album, with lyrics cowritten by computer algorithms and people.
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THE SONGULARITY
THE SONGULARITY

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).

Soviet Nights
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.

On the internet, we did this predictive text Harry Potter chapter, this Scrubs script and this neural net-generated Coachella poster:

Zine

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%)
We generated the most popular Spotify playlists of the future.
We generated the most popular Spotify playlists of the future.

Stretch goals

The first two stretch goals fund the creation of the physical album and the physical zine. Every $1,000 after that adds another collaborator to THE  SONGULARITY.

Rewards

Check out the scrolling bar at the right to find out how to join the Cult Of The Songularity, receive fabulous earthly rewards, and get your hands on exclusive exotic album formats like these:

VIPs
VIPs
 
Demigods
Demigods

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.

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    THE SONGULARITY - ALBUM

    You get an advance digital download of The Songularity!

    You also get invited to join a secret Slack channel, The Cult Of The Songularity, whose members write songs and control the outcome of the musical apocalypse.

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    THE SONGULARITY - ALBUM AND ZINE

    *** FIRST WEEKEND ONLY ***

    You get the digital album and the zine at a special price because you were there first, before THE SONGULARITY went mainstream.

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    THE SONGULARITY - ALBUM AND ZINE

    You get the album, plus a star-studded comedy mega-zine featuring writing and art from veterans of The Onion, Clickhole, The New Yorker and more. The more stretch goals we hit, the bigger the zine will become, until finally it encompasses the entire universe.

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    T-SHIRT

    You get a Kickstarter-exclusive Botnik shirt. It proves you were there. Where? Here.

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    • DIGITAL ALBUM + DIGITAL ZINE
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    EARLY EVANGELIST

    ***FIRST WEEKEND ONLY***

    You joined the Cult Of The Songularity first, so you receive exclusive miracles.

    First, we will send you a text file with 10,000 thank-yous generated by a recurrent neural network that we have trained on thank you cards.

    Then, in December, you will receive an ADVENT CALENDAR with 25 days of digital bonus materials -- outtakes, rough cuts, carols and speeches. We will deliver these to your computer or, if requested, to your personal telephone.

    All that, plus the album, the zine, and the shirt.

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    • ADVENT CALENDAR
    • DIGITAL ALBUM + DIGITAL ZINE
    • BOTNIK T-SHIRT
    • TEN THOUSAND THANK-YOUS
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    VIP

    You ascend to the highest mortal rank in the Cult Of The Songularity: VIP.

    You get the digital album and zine. You get the T-shirt. You get stickers and buttons. You get a full-size print of our neural net–generated Coachella poster. If we fund the physical album and zine, you get the VIP editions of those with exclusive VIP-only artwork. You get to vote on certain decisions about what goes into the album and zine. You get everything you could want except immortality.

    Includes:
    • DIGITAL ALBUM + DIGITAL ZINE
    • BOTNIK T-SHIRT
    • STICKERS AND BUTTONS
    • COACHELLA POSTER
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    DEMIGOD

    You get immortality.

    The Cult of the Songularity will worship you. Your name will be listed in the divine pantheon at thesongularity.com. We will send you a special edition enamel talisman that is only for demigods. You also get the advent calendar from the Early Evangelist tier.

    As a demigod, you are a VIP.

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    • ENAMEL TALISMAN
    • ALL VIP REWARDS
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    HOLLYWOOD DEMIGOD

    All the demigod rewards, plus a PDF of an unreleased page from one of the following Botnik Studios scripts:
    - Friends
    - Frasier
    - X-Files
    - Star Trek
    - Scrubs
    - Arrested Development
    - Seinfeld

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    MAGIC DEMIGOD (HARRY POTTER)

    Are you among the hordes demanding we write more Harry Potter? Did you know that there has been more…all along?

    You’ll get all of the Demigod rewards, plus the SECRET, UNRELEASED extended manuscript of Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like A Large Pile of Ash, written by hand with a quill on a roll of parchment. It is your decision whether to share it with the world or to put it in a small, grubby package and lock it in your Gringott's vault.

    Seven copies will be made available, as each is also horcrux for Botnik editor Nat Towsen.

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    • Harry Potter Extended Manuscript
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    COSMIC DEMIGOD - SAGAN

    Everything in the demigod tier, plus a one-of-a-kind 18x24 mounting board poster print by Jamie Brew (Clickhole) featuring a predictive text quote from Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos'.

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    COSMIC DEMIGOD - TYSON

    Everything in the demigod tier, plus a one-of-a-kind 18x24 mounting board poster print by Jamie Brew (Clickhole) featuring a predictive text quote from transcripts of Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'.

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    AMAZONIAN DEMIGOD - BEZOS

    Everything in the demigod tier, plus a one-of-a-kind poster print by Rob Dubbin (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) featuring a predictive text quote from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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    SONIC DEMIGOD - SPOTIFY

    Everything in the demigod tier, plus an original canvas painting of the art from one of our eight Spotify parody playlists, painted by Botnik artist Andy Dubbin:

    - Lowkey Pizza Acid
    - Billowy White Girl Pop
    - Chicago Tropical
    - Music to Love Jerky to
    - Unlistenable Bedroom Jams
    - Funny Monday Laugh Songs
    - Best Alternative Christmas
    - Classic Dudes Before 1997

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    ALBUM IN A BOTTLE

    You get the album as a USB flash drive in a bottle buried in a box of sand.

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    PROPHET OF THE SONGULARITY

    On October 6, 2018, we will perform a one-night-only live show on Capitol Hill in Seattle: The Songularity on the Mount.

    The show will a climactic prophecy.

    You will be the prophet.

    You will also be a VIP.

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    BOOMBOX SCENE FROM 'SAY ANYTHING'

    You get the album played out of a boombox held outside your home, a la the famous scene in the film Say Anything. You know the scene, it’s the boombox one. It’s been parodied a bunch of times, even if you haven’t seen the movie, you know what it is. You know which one it is, don't pretend you don't

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    TIME CAPSULE

    We will bury the album in the desert along with a picture of you and a document attesting your are the greatest philanthropist of 2018, so future generations will one day excavate it and know you as the benefactor from the past sending them our music.

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    CHATTERING TEETH

    You get the album as a pair of novelty chattering teeth programmed to mouth along to the words of the album by Michael Frederickson (Pixar).

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    CARTOON

    A one-of-a-kind cartoon captioned with a line from The Songularity, illustrated or edited by Bob Mankoff (The New Yorker, Esquire).

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    OLD COMPUTER

    You get the album inside an old computer.

    We will mail you a Compaq Deskpro 386S (monitor included) with the rewards inside folders on the desktop.

    Includes:
    • A folder called ALBUM with the songs as mp3 files
    • A folder called TUNES with the songs as MIDI files
    • A folder called ART with album art and more
    • A folder called VIRTUAL PIÑATA with exclusive extras
    • Optional subscription to get another old computer every 6 months
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    HYMNS

    You get the album as a concert of choral hymns at a church or local music venue near you, with arrangements by Sheena Phillips (the CEO's mom).

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    SURPRISE PARTY

    You get the album as a surprise party.

    We will coordinate with your family, friends and coworkers (but not you) to throw you a surprise music party on a date in the next 2 years. You will be the only one who doesn't know when the party is going to happen.

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    BIG BANG

    You get the album as explosions.

    We will come to your city and put on a fireworks display while the album plays, just like the classical music that usually plays during fireworks displays.

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