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Madonna’s Like a Prayer, as Heard by a Computer Algorithm

Bandleader David Kant teaches a machine to hear pop songs, and the Happy Valley Band plays what the computer hears.

Pre-order the Happy Valley Band's debut album ORGANVM PERCEPTVS from Hatchfund: hatchfund.org/project/organvm_perceptvs

ORGANVM PERCEPTVS is a deconstruction of popular music through the use of state-of-the-art machine listening technologies. It is a collection of 11 songs composed over the past five years for the Happy Valley Band, an experimental music group formed specifically to play this work. ORGANVM PERCEPTVS asks the question: how do we hear, and how can machines help us hear differently?

The Happy Valley Band is the Great American Songbook heard through the ear of a machine. The project is a deconstruction of popular music through the use of state-of-the-art machine listening technologies. It's about machine learning, listening, pop music, and copyright. Custom-built computer software written by bandleader and composer David Kant "unmixes" recordings and transcribes them into musical notation. The Happy Valley Band is an experimental music ensemble formed specifically to play this music.

indexical.org/projects/happy_valley_band

Video: Alexander Dupuis
Music: David Kant & the Happy Valley Band

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