Grimes Encourages Fans To Use Her Voice For AI-Generated Songs

Dylan Turck
Despite many artists banning AI music and expressing discontent with AI entering the industry, Grimes has embraced the technology and is integrating AI-generated songs into her music.
Audio engineers at a live music concert Photo: Markus Spiske | Unsplash
Audio engineers at a live music concert Photo: Markus Spiske | Unsplash

The musician known as Grimes has encouraged her fans to use her voice to create AI-generated songs. She has recently teamed up with Endel, a music and sound technology company, to create a tool that allows fans to generate music using her voice.

The AI tool uses machine learning algorithms to generate songs that are unique to each user. The project has received massive attention from fans and the media, with many praising Grimes for her innovative use of technology to create music.

Through social media posts, Grimes has urged her fans to try the tool and create their AI-generated songs using her voice. She has also been sharing some of the songs that fans have created, showcasing the diversity of the music that can be made using the tool.

The Musician Known As Grimes

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Claire Elise Boucher, more commonly known as Grimes, is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter. She was born and raised in Vancouver but later moved to Montreal when she turned 18. A few years later, in 2010, she debuted her first album, Geidi Primes.

Grimes has been making headlines recently for being the first musician to endorse AI-generated music using her voice. While musicians like Drake and The Weekend have recently struck down songs that have used their voices, Grimes welcomes the idea and has offered to share the royalties for anyone that can do it successfully.

The rise of AI-generated music on the internet has led to a surge in popularity. With advancements in technology, people are creating songs that not only rival but even surpass the quality of an artist’s previous work. Some are even crafting entirely new songs from scratch.

However, distinguishing between AI-generated and original music has become increasingly difficult, leaving record labels to struggle with removing copyrighted material from social platforms.

Grimes is an independent musician who doesn’t have ties to any record labels, which means she has the right to allow people to use her voice to make songs. She is offering 50% of the royalties for the song, the same deal she gives to any artist she collaborates with.

The Possibilities Of AI-Generated Music

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The future of AI is a multifaceted topic, that is rife with controversy and conjecture. Some fear job displacement, others are concerned about the potential capabilities of AI, and some believe it may be exploited to spread misinformation.

Regardless of one’s stance on the matter, it is evident that AI technology is already making significant strides in various industries. Likewise, AI-generated music has sparked heated discussions within the music industry, with some artists embracing the concept while others remain doubtful.

AI offers musicians an advantage in the industry,  providing them with multiple tools to create music. Current software can generate melodies, compose lyrics, and play chords.

The possibilities of AI-generated music are endless, and due to AI’s self-improving nature, it has the potential for exponential growth. Using AI tools in the future could eliminate the need for expensive equipment, various instruments, or a studio, and reduce reliance on sound engineers and producers.

However, skepticism arises because AI voice generation poses a moral dilemma. While it can produce beautiful music, it’s also able to impersonate someone’s voice. This has raised concerns as it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate between an AI-generated voice and a real one.

This software, in the wrong hands, could be used to impersonate political figures, actors, businesses, banks, and more, leading to the spread of disinformation and potentially increasing the risk of fraud and identity theft if misused.


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