David Guetta has sparked a debate online about the use of AI in music.
The famed French DJ recently used two AI programs to create a song using what appears to be Eminem‘s voice.
“Let me introduce you to… Emin-AI-em,” Guetta tweeted Feb. 3.
The tweet contained a video of Guetta during a DJ gig in which he played a song using an AI replication of Eminem’s otherwise inimitable voice.
“There’s something that I made as a joke, and it worked so good, I could not believe it,” the French DJ says in the clip.
“I discovered those websites about AI. Basically, you can write lyrics in the style of any artist you like. So I typed, ‘write a verse in the style of Eminem about ‘Future Rave.” And I went to another AI website that can recreate the voice. I put the text in that, and I played the record, and people went nuts,” Guetta explains.
Watch and listen to the track for yourself, below:
In a follow-up tweet, Guetta added he “obviously … won’t release this commercially.”
Nevertheless, the post sparked debate among fans who are wary of the fast-developing nature and implications of AI technology.
“Eminem might come back with an AI diss track,” one person joked on Twitter.
“The most depressing thing maybe ever,” someone else replied to Guetta’s tweet.
Others called the technology “scary,” such as one fan who tweeted, “Since [AI] is getting so big everyone is like since no one is putting out music I’ll just use [AI] to do it for me … it’s getting so scary.”
The sentiment echoes recent conversations about the future of music and AI after fan-made covers of artists such as Ariana Grande singing songs by Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey went viral.
At least one person found it cool, though, tweeting, “He is leading the charge in the integration of technology and music, demonstrating the limitless potential of AI in the creative process.”
However, the response was mostly hesitant online.
“Scary future when human made art is obsolete because an AI can make perfect songs within seconds. Music will be so quantified that it won’t have any cultural impact anymore,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Someone else agreed: “If I were a recording artist I would be keeping a close eye on that.”
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