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    AI Generated Country Song

    Here is a country song generated by Artificial Intelligence. It does a great job of including every known country cliche.

    https://laughingsquid.com/country-so...pFWowYEA3eXZXA

    Now, let's see them generate an early 70's Yes song!

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    That pretty much nails it!. I had to spend an hour or so in a garage this week where the radio was set on "country hits". The most insipid and pandering lyrics I've ever heard, all sung over either a generic acoustic background or stolen Keith Richards licks with all the piss and vinegar drained out of 'em. It would make Hank Sr weep and then pop some pills.
    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

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    As a country song that's pretty poor, but as a parody it's spot on. Showcases the poop that passes for country music these days. Even a machine can do it.
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    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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    I wish Bob Newhart was here, I'm pretty sure he could make some connection between Country Music and Artificial Intelligence...

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    I wonder what an AI version of prog would sound like?
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    It's something like a song-poem. Actually, all the Botnik tunes are.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_poem

    http://www.songpoemmusic.com/what_is.htm

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    Look at yourself
    And a hand
    And a shelf
    In the Wind.

    Such poignant lyrics. It's like they looked inside my head. Back in 1974. On acid. When a stanza like that would make sense.
    "And your little sister's immaculate virginity wings away on the bony shoulders of a young horse named George who stole surreptitiously into her geography revision."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythos View Post
    I wish Bob Newhart was here, I'm pretty sure he could make some connection between Country Music and Artificial Intelligence...
    "I don't mean to denigrate those who like country music.... but it's a lot like fake news."

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    Quote Originally Posted by adap2it View Post
    I wonder what an AI version of prog would sound like?
    And how many Tolkien references would the lyrics have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    As a country song that's pretty poor, but as a parody it's spot on. Showcases the poop that passes for country music these days. Even a machine can do it.
    I agree in its pure AI form it is parody. The frightening thing is though, a decent lyricist could turn this into a contender with just a few tweaks. The chorus could be changed to "Go ahead and walk out my door" for example. So, no, 100% AI won't generate a hit, but 95% AI and a few songwriting tweaks and you really could have a hit.

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    Yesterday we were on a road trip and my wife put in the CD Will the Circle be Unbroken II by the NGDB and an enormous cast of guests from country, rock, bluegrass, and folk. Wow, what a difference versus what passes for the genre these days. There was actual proficiency in the playing, intelligent lyrics, and just a warmth in the entire recording. Everything recorded in one take, no overdubs. There's a little bit of talking between tracks and Emmylou remarks that it feels like they're just in a living room, playing music. They even got a great vocal out of John Denver!


    https://www.allmusic.com/album/will-...2-mw0001971864
    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

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    I love all those 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' albums. Thanks for reminding me to go put one in the car. All I have out there right now is "Grayfolded," which may or may not improve my driving. Did you happen to catch the PBS special filmed at the Ryman Auditorium a few years ago?: "Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin' Back." It featured present and former members of the band along with guests: Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House. Worth watching, if you can track it down.
    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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    I missed that. I'll track it down.
    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

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    I love "new grass" and "alt grass" but could never get into straight ahead country music (if that's the proper term).

    Here's an example of what I see as an intelligent take on the country genre. Maybe some people would call this alt country.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soc Prof View Post
    I love "new grass" and "alt grass" but could never get into straight ahead country music (if that's the proper term).

    Here's an example of what I see as an intelligent take on the country genre. Maybe some people would call this alt country.
    Good performance, but this kind of music has been around for decades performed by the likes of Doc & Merle Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, etc.. I don't see why it would be pegged as alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Good performance, but this kind of music has been around for decades performed by the likes of Doc & Merle Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, etc.. I don't see why it would be pegged as alternative.
    Probably because it's so far away from the mainstream now. There's a lot of messing around with the pigeonholes now. A lot of this music also gets claimed under the Americana tent as well. I think of alt-country as Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Olds 97, etc but everyone's mileage varies. Jason Isbell, depending on what mood he's in, says he's more of a folk artist than anything else. But none of them are in or of the mainstream and take pains to point it out. There's a stigma there they want to avoid, with good reason.
    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Good performance, but this kind of music has been around for decades performed by the likes of Doc & Merle Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, etc.. I don't see why it would be pegged as alternative.
    Because the lead guitarist is wearing a Pink Floyd shirt.

    But seriously, maybe because I'm hearing this song in the context of their other music, which straddles genres. They usually summarize themselves as an "Americana" band.

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    My favorite flavor of country is old Honky Tonk. Steel guitar, fiddle, Telecasters. I like the Bakersfield sound too.

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    After watching the song in the o.p. I wonder what the AI machine would do if it was fed all of Captain Beefheart's lyrics. Would it come up with something that sounded 'normal'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Yesterday we were on a road trip and my wife put in the CD Will the Circle be Unbroken II by the NGDB and an enormous cast of guests from country, rock, bluegrass, and folk. Wow, what a difference versus what passes for the genre these days. There was actual proficiency in the playing, intelligent lyrics, and just a warmth in the entire recording. Everything recorded in one take, no overdubs. There's a little bit of talking between tracks and Emmylou remarks that it feels like they're just in a living room, playing music. They even got a great vocal out of John Denver!


    https://www.allmusic.com/album/will-...2-mw0001971864
    NGDB is one amazing group, and its three WtCBU releases are stunning.

    However, I just have to pass comment on the state of country music today. Like any other genre, there's plenty of shite...but there are still some who practice the real deal while, at the same time, bringing in other elements (musical cross-pollination ain't exactly a bad thing if done right). There are still guys like Dwight Yoakam who are carrying on the Bakersfield tradition, monster guitarists like Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner, hardcore folk-country singer/songwriters like Steve Earle (whose latest, a tribute to the great Guy Clark, is terrific), Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell...and Willie Nelson continues to release one great album after another (not a fan of his jazz standards stuff, but when in folk or country mode), like on Last Man Standing.

    So, sure, the mass market stuff is often just as weak as the mass market pop stuff (but you don't have to look very hard to find great pop songsmiths still releasing terrific stuff too)...but that doesn't mean there isn't some terrific, real country (and pop) being made. You've just gotta either follow the good ones or, to find the new ones, sift through the muck to find the gold which invariably exists.

    As for AI-generated music of any genre? Sweet Jesus, it really is coming to this. But for fans of the real deal, whether pop, Prog, country, folk, blues or what have you? AI will never replace 'em because, while algorithms can be clever and programmatically expansive...they simply ain't human. And irrespective of your musical tastes, you just can't replace the humanity in the best music.

    At least, not IMO. If this is where things are going, then I'm very happy to be in my 60s and, while not planning to leave anytime soon, am realistically now in the final chapters of my life and will hopefully be gone before real music is replaced by programmatically created facsimiles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    My favorite flavor of country is old Honky Tonk. Steel guitar, fiddle, Telecasters. I like the Bakersfield sound too.
    I'm with ya!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    After watching the song in the o.p. I wonder what the AI machine would do if it was fed all of Captain Beefheart's lyrics. Would it come up with something that sounded 'normal'.
    The AI would probably have a nervous breakdown and melt down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkelman View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    The AI would probably have a nervous breakdown and melt down.
    I'm picturing smoke coming out of the computer.

    As for AI generated music, it's a fun experiment. I'm glad researchers are trying it. But few people are suggesting that AI will replace human composers in the foreseeable future.

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