I’ve just uploaded a new video teaser for a new song called "It Doesn't Have To Hate Us To Use Our Molecules".
This song is inspired by the book "Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era".Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era". In this must read non-fiction book, James Barrat (http://www.jamesbarrat.com/ | https://twitter.com/jrbarrat) explains in clear terms the rise of artificial intelligence and it’s potential impact on mankind…
In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.
Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?
I’ll be releasing this and other songs inspired by the book in the future. Sign-up to email newsletter to get notified.
James Barrat Added Video to His Site
Shortly after releasing this video, James Barrat posted a link to it on his web site :^) http://www.jamesbarrat.com/press/
Music Production Notes
All synth elements are from the Nord Lead 4 being both played live and sequenced live via Octatrack. I make heavy use of trig-level automation to manipulate parameters on the Nord Lead via MIDI CC messages. I also sequenced real-time automation plus manipulate the Nord on-the-fly.
The Octatrack also acted as a mixer allowing me to record audio down to a Zoom H2n digital recorder in real-time in one-pass with no edits. Drums are samples sequenced within Octatrack.
Video Production Notes
I used a combination of practical projection with video feedback, real-time video effects via two webcams run through visual Software Resolume, and primary footage captured with a GoPro. I then composited all the shots in video editing software with only a teeny bit of post-production to create this dark – almost old-school analog video processing vibe.
The computers in the video are there to process and capture video from the two web cams – plus are part of the shot as a story element and for side-lighting. One is being used to project a camera in real-time over my right shoulder. This same camera is also seeing the projection which causes video feedback.
This rig is quite snappy, so all the latency between the different versions of my image are intentional introduced with the video editing software to create tension.
Synthesist, Composer, Sound Designer, Producer
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician & Multimedia Artist | Sr. Systems Analyst | Founder of the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup