- 28 Oct 20
Titled 'AI Lullaby', the project is a collaboration with Endel - an app that produces personalised soundscapes using AI.
Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, has previously predicted that artificial intelligence will make live music obsolete in the future.
While that statement has yet to prove true, the artist has now used AI to make a collection of soothing lullaby music for herself and five-month-old son X Æ A-XII Musk.
The ambient 'AI Lullaby' was created in collaboration with the AI tech app Endel.
Endel’s sonic creations are coupled with Grimes’ own original music and vocals to birth “lullabies” that are “scientifically engineered to improve both sleep and wellness in children and adults,” according to a press release.
Grimes has used Endel app for herself after becoming a mother earlier this year with partner Elon Musk, but was later inspired to make 'AI Lullaby' for her baby.
“When you have a baby, you’re always using white noise machines. It’s much easier to get them to sleep if you train them on some kind of audio situation. And so I was just like, could this be more artistic?” she told the New York Times.
“In general, stuff for babies is really just creatively bad,” added Grimes. “I don’t want your first introduction to the world to just be all this aimless crap.”
“I think, if approached properly, AI has the ability to radically fix our world," Grimes said of AI technology.
"I appreciate Endel because they represent the growing trend of humane technology. I hope that the fields of AI safety, research, philosophy, as well as humane AI and spiritual technology etc. can grow a lot in the coming years. We’ll need it!”
Grimes' most recent album, Miss Anthrop0cene, could not be more different to the AI project.
The full collaboration can be found on the Endel iOS app through December 23rd, with a release on Android and Amazon Alexa to follow later this year.
Some of the proceeds from 'AI Lullaby' will benefit AI for Anyone and the Naked Heart Foundation, non-profits that are “rooted in building an inclusive society that is open to people and families with special needs, supporting the mental health of mothers and children, as well as AI education initiatives.”
Listen to a clip from 'AI Lullaby' below: