Startup Auxuman‘s claim to have released ‘the first-ever fully AI-generated music album’ isn’t quite right: Endel has released a string of them in 2019, while Boomy is enabling anyone to release albums created by its AI (I’ve tried that already). Even so, Auxuman’s project is interesting.
The album is called ‘Auxuman Vol.1’ and it features 10 tracks by five ‘artists’ – the twist being that each of those artists is themselves a virtual character. “AI-generated musicians whose music and words are entirely driven by Artificial Intelligence tools to introduce a new ‘soul’ behind non-human content,” as the press release puts it. “The next generation of virtual entertainers and their online worlds”.
Unashamedly-fake artists, in other words: the latest example of ‘synthetic reality’ with Auxuman keen to build out Yona, Mony, Gemini, Hexe and Zoya as personalities in their own right – Yona’s influences are cited as “various reading sources and musical taste, from Atwood to articles about teenage life and growth in metropolitan areas” for example.
Auxuman has raised $200k of seed investment from Betaworks, and is planning to release new albums every month. Is the music any good, though? We’ll let you form your own opinions on that: the first album is already on YouTube and on Bandcamp, and is heading to audio-streaming services too.