AI used to create a new Nirvana song "Drowned In The Sun"

music news 07/04/2021

Yesterday, April 5th, marked the 27th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death - an especially eerie time as it now is we've lost him for as long as he was here.

Cobain is famously part of the 27 Club - a niche group of talented artists who all died at the young age of 27, most commonly from battling addiction or where mental health issues had an impact on their death (Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse for example).

Cobain's struggles with mental health which led to his death have long been documented, and thanks to the Lost Tapes of the 27 Club, a project founded by Over the Bridge that assists artists struggling with mental illness, there's a Nirvana-esque track titled "Drowned in the Sun" that's been released created by artificial intelligence.

Hold up - you're telling me artificial intelligence have made a new Nirvana track? Sort of.

Here's how it works - an AI algorithm listens to isolated hooks, rhythms, melodies, and lyrics of existing 27 Club artists. It learns from the music, then generates a string of new hooks, rhythms, melodies and lyrics. An audio engineer then takes these AI-generated elements and composes it into a song.

All of this resulted in "Drowned in the Sun", which does sound and feel like an actual Nirvana track you'd find on an old album. One thing that isn't AI is the vocals - Nirvana tribute band singer Eric Hogan was utilised to bring the lyrics to life - but everything else was provided and created by AI.

Here's the lyrics of Drowned in the Sun:

I've got my hands right now,
in every wound.

I’ve been here before,
but not with you.

I still got some pain
but it’s over now.

The sun shines on you but,
I don’t know how.

I don't care.
I feel as one.
Drowned in the sun now.
I feel as one.
Drowned in the sun.

I know I’m a weirdo.
And I like it.

So in love but yeah,
It’s a secret.

I know it’s wrong but,
I needed to.

To get my hands cleaned
of what feeds you.

I don't care.
I feel as one.
Drowned in the sun now.
I feel as one.
Drowned in the sun.

I don’t care.
I feel as one.
Drowned in the sun now.
Drowned in the sun.
Drowned in the sun.
Drowned in the sun.
Drowned in the sun.

I don’t care.
I feel as one.
Drowned in the sun now.
Drowned in the sun.
Drowned in the sun.
Drowned in the sun.
Drowned in the sun.

Drowned in the sun.
oooooh drowned in the sun.
oooooh drowned in the sun.
oooooh drowned in the sun.

Give it a listen above and let us know your thoughts.

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