Watch a Computer Endlessly Sing Number-One 90s Ballads With Human Sentiments

By: | July 27th, 2015

Vimeo/Martin Backes

I’ll have to admit there is something a bit endearing about a computer attempting to sing popular 90s ballads with human sentiments, or feelings if you will.

I can sense the emotion, and the computer definitely has a leg up on human performers because unlike humans, I’m pretty sure the computer won’t get nervous if it has to belt out songs in front of a large crowd.

Not to mention, this project from Martin Backes, called “What do machines sing of?,” can sing forever because it never gets tired and has no problem taking on any tune it’s programmed to vocalize.

Watch out! The beautiful sounds might give you goosebumps.

From the Vimeo description:

“What do machines sing of?” is a fully automated machine, which endlessly sings number-one ballads from the 1990s. As the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality.”

What do machines sing of? from Martin Backes on Vimeo

Marshall Smith

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