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AI Death Metal Generator Using ARCHSPIRE As Source Material

It's doing a shockingly good job.

It's doing a shockingly good job.

Dadabots, the impressive artificial intelligent (AI) software that generates music created by Berkley College of Music graduates Zack Zukowski and CJ Carr, is currently generating a non=stop stream of technical death metal. The software is running constantly as a live stream on YouTube, and is using Archspire's 2017 record Relentless Mutation as its source material. The duo say they chose the record as the AI's source because the program seems to understand and interpret it the best out of any music they've chosen so far.

Here's an explanation from Zukowski, complete with metrics like the "quality-to-shit ratio".

"The neural net we used listened to Relentless Mutation over and over again. All raw audio, no tabs, no midi. It generates what it thinks it hears and tunes itself until it begins to intimate the sounds from the original album. After generating, it randomly stitches the audios together, refills the buffer, and streams it with ffmpeg. Repeat.

"The remarkable part is the high quality-to-shit ratio. We tried this with 100 albums and found that Archspire's music made for the most interesting bot. Zero curation was necessary. Everything it generates sounds good to us. You're hearing everything it makes. Our theory is the faster the blast beats, the more stable the net. Archspire is absurdly fast – they are basically machines. So far, we haven't found anything that works better."

Archspire have also commented on Dadabots, finally revealing that they themselves are also robots.

"We've been hearing about this 'AI that's trained on Archspire writing death metal' over the past few weeks. Well, here's the thing: We actually aren't surprised about this. We've been utilizing very similar technology to write our music this entire time. The program we've been using? It's called T.O.B.I. It stands for:


"Tobi has been part of our writing process since 2009, and while you may notice that he takes on a physical form as guitarist in the band, rest assured under those tight fitting clothes, he's more machine than man."

Archspire will play Relentless Mutation in full (as humans) on their coming tour with Inferi, Virvum and Wormhole.

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