Dadabots is special artificial intelligent (AI) software that creates music. The software, developed by Berkley College of Music graduates Zack Zukowski and CJ Carr, is built upon a “recurrent neural network” that receives data and then uses it to interpret musical sequences on its own. Simply stated, the software teaches itself how to compose music based on the work of an existing band as its data-set.
After several failed attempts at creating stable, listenable death metal, the creators turned to the music of ARCHSPIRE, which ended up being the perfect template to generating metal tunes via artificial intelligence.
“The neural net we used listened to ‘Relentless Mutation’ over and over again,” explains Zukowski. “All raw audio, no tabs, no midi. It generates what it thinks it hears and tunes itself until it begins to intimate the sounds from the original album. After generating, it randomly stitches the audios together, refills the buffer, and streams it with ffmpeg. Repeat.”
He continues, “The remarkable part is the high quality-to-shit ratio. We tried this with 100 albums and found that Archspire’s music made for the most interesting bot. Zero curation was necessary. Everything it generates sounds good to us. You’re hearing everything it makes. Our theory is the faster the blast beats, the more stable the net. Archspire is absurdly fast – they are basically machines. So far, we haven’t found anything that works better.”
ARCHSPIRE adds, “We’ve been hearing about this ‘AI that’s trained on Archspire writing death metal’ over the past few weeks. Well, here’s the thing: We actually aren’t surprised about this. We’ve been utilizing very similar technology to write our music this entire time. The program we’ve been using? It’s called T.O.B.I. It stands for:
“Tobi has been part of our writing process since 2009, and while you may notice that he takes on a physical form as guitarist in the band, rest assured under those tight fitting clothes, he’s more machine than man.”
To hear some of the AI-generated albums that Dadabots have produced, visit their YOUTUBE and OFFICIAL BANDCAMP. More on the project can be read in a document the researchers’ produced in 2017 at THIS LOCATION.
ARCHSPIRE will perform their latest full-length, ‘Relentless Mutation’ in its entirety on their upcoming North American tour, which kickoff on May 9 in Seattle, WA and will conclude on June 4 in Boise, ID. The full run and ticket links can be found below as well as on ARCHSPIRE’s Official Website.
The band also previously released a spicy new video to promote the tour, which can be seen at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, the band’s guitar contest is still happening! In conjunction with the upcoming tour, ARCHSPIRE has partnered with Kiesel Guitars and Indie Merch Store to giveaway a brand new Kiesel AM7 Guitar to one fan with the sickest meme skills! The lucky winner and a runner up will both receive an Indie Merch Store prize pack as well. Check out the details below on how to enter:
1. Create your best ARCHSPIRE related meme
2. Use the hashtags #TechTrekIV and #ArchspireMemeContest
3. Share the Tech Trek IV tour poster (admat can be found below)
4. Follow @Archspireofficial
Multiple entries are allowed. Contest ends Friday, April 26 at 12:00 A.M. PDT
Kiesal Guitars Presents
TECH TREK IV
ARCHSPIRE + VIRVUM (w/ Inferi and Wormhole):
05/09: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/10: Portland, OR @ Twilight Cafe & Bar (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/11: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/12: West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey-A-Go-Go (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/13: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick (TICKETS)
05/14: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/15: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill (EVENT LINK) **Tix available @ door D.O.S.
05/16: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/17: Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live! (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/18: Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozers Rock Bar (TICKETS)
05/19: New Orleans, LA @ Santos **Tix TBA**
05/20: Orlando, FL @ The Haven (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/21: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/22: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/23: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/24: Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/25: Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/26: Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/27: Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/28: Louisville, KY @ The Tiger Room (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/29: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/30: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
05/31: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room (TICKETS)
06/01: Denver, CO @ Roxy Theater (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
06/03: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)
06/04: Boise, ID @ The Shredder (TICKETS // EVENT LINK)