A project team called “Lost Tapes of the 27 Club” has released four new songs using using artificial intelligence (AI) software. The project is about famous musicians who died at the age of 27 like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse.
For each track, the AI program analyzes up to 30 songs of each artist, analyzes in detail vocal melodies, chord changes, guitar riffs & solos, drum patterns, lyrics, etc., and creates musician’s “new song”. It is the result of guessing how it would sound. The creators of the songs say that each track, with the exception of vocals, is almost entirely computer work. For vocals, for example, Kurt Cobain song is handled by Eric Hogan, the front-man of Nirvana’s tribute band.
The project is by Over the Bridge, a Toronto organization that helps people in the music industry suffering from mental illness. The organization is working on this project to show the world what has been lost due to the mental health crisis and to encourage more music industry players to get the mental health support that they need.
As long as there’s been popular music, musicians and crews have struggled with mental health at a rate far exceeding the general adult population. And this issue hasn’t just been ignored. It’s been romanticized, by things like the 27 Club—a group of musicians whose lives were all lost at just 27 years old.
To show the world what’s been lost to this mental health crisis, Over The Bridge, an organization that empowers musicians and to reclaim their lives from their mental health struggles, 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. Because even AI will never replace the real thing.
Below is a playlist of 4 songs from “Lost Tapes of the 27 Club”