“New” Nirvana Song Created Using AI Software

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“New” Nirvana Song Created Using AI Software

Nirvana. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images. 

Have you ever wondered what a 2021 Nirvana single might sound like? Now, thanks to an AI program called Magenta, we have been offered one possible scenario. Check it out below. 

The song was produced by a Toronto based organization called Over The Bridge who has been compiling a collection of AI updated singles from musicians who died at the age of 27, often referred to as being a member of the 27 Club. The compilation is named Drowned In The Sun – Lost Tapes Of The 27 Club and also features “new” Jimi Hendrix and The Doors with the aim of raising awareness about musicians’ struggles with mental health issues.

“What if all these musicians that we love had mental health support?” Sean O’Connor from Over The Bridge told Rolling Stone. “Somehow in the music industry, [depression] is normalised and romanticised … Their music is seen as authentic suffering.”

The AI program, Magenta creates the tracks by analyzing up to 30 different songs by the artist, learning to compose in their style by studying the notes, harmonies, melodies and arrangements that made their tunes so iconic. Have a listen to the computer's prediction of where Kurt Cobain and co. could have headed next below. 

Nirvana | “Season In The Sun”

Magenta created the lyrics and vocal melody for the track, but it was performed by a singer called Eric Hogan who fronts Atlanta’s Nevermind: The Ultimate Tribute To Nirvana. In his educated opinion, Hogan notes that “if you look at the last quote-unquote Nirvana release, which was, ‘You Know You’re Right,’ this has the same type of vibe.” 

“Kurt would just sort of write whatever the hell he felt like writing. And if he liked it, then that was a Nirvana song. I can hear certain things in the arrangement of [‘Drowned in the Sun’] like, ‘OK, that’s kind of an ‘In Utero’ vibe right here or a ‘Nevermind’ vibe right here. … I really understood the AI of it. The song is saying, ‘I’m a weirdo, but I like it,’” he continued. “That is total Kurt Cobain right there. The sentiment is exactly what he would have said. ‘The sun shines on you, but I don’t know how’ — that’s great.”

Over The Bridge are dedicated to getting industry insiders to obtain the mental health support they need. A statement on their website reads: “To show the world what’s been lost to this mental health crisis, we’ve used artificial intelligence to create the album the 27 Club never had the chance to. Through this album, we’re encouraging more music industry insiders to get the mental health support they need, so they can continue making the music we all love for years to come.” 

Listen to more from The Lost Tapes of the 27 Club, here. 



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