David Guetta replicated Eminem’s voice with artificial intelligence

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As soon as the voice of Eminem is echoed by the speakers of the DJ set David Guetta, a roar exploded in the full stands of the stadium. The verses “this is the future rave sound, I’m getting awesome and underground”, however, were not part of a featuring between the French DJ and the American rapper but, as reported by Rockolconstituted a experiment made possible by artificial intelligenceThat wrote the lyrics and did Eminem’s vocals. “Obviously I won’t publish it,” Guetta explained in a video posted on social media, “it’s something I did as a joke. And it worked great. I discovered these AI sites that allow you to write texts in the style of a particular artist. As I asked him to write an Eminem verse about a future rave party. Then I went to another artificial intelligence site, which allows you to imitate the voices of famous artists, e I made him recite the text written from the site before. I put it in my set, played it and people went crazy”. In a recent interview given to BBC on the occasion of the Brit Awards, the DJ also expressed his support for the new technologies: “I’m sure, the future of music is artificial intelligence” which, however, “will only be a tool, because nothing will replace taste”, a distinctive trait of the artist. After all, “each new musical style is the result of a technological innovation“, since “rock’n’roll probably would never have existed, if the electric guitar hadn’t been invented. Nor would acid house, if it hadn’t been for the Roland TB-303 and Roland TR-909. And the same thing can be said of the rap and the sampler”.


In the artistic communityHowever, the application of new forms of artificial intelligence has sparked a fire debate. Among skepticslast January the musician Nick Cave criticized the lyrics of a song written “in the style of Nick Cave” by ChatGPT on input from a fan: “It sucks. It’s a rerun of a parody. Artificial intelligence may, over time, be able to create a song that is seemingly indistinguishable from an original, but it will always be a replica, a sort of caricature. The songs are born from suffering, in the sense that they are based on the complex inner human anguish related to the creative process and – as far as I know – the algorithms do not prove it. The data does not suffer”. Favorable it is, however, the wing of the music industry that sees artificial intelligence as a tool to support creativity, also represented by Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group’s number one record company: “At every turning point in the history of music or technology, someone has found themselves petrified with amazement. It’s a condition I’ve never found myself in, because I’m not afraid of changes”.


The use of generative forms of AI creates problems not only ethicalbut also cheap. In fact, to write a text “in the style of Eminem”, the machine learning processes examine in detail all the works created by the real author and covered by copyright. In the absence of regulatory regulation and the oversight of a supranational authority, the risk of copyright infringement therefore it is high.