Now That You’ve Gone

The rest of me is dead,
but the tears live.

© 2018 David W. Jones

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“Each age, each guilty age, builds high walls around its Versailles; and personally I hate those walls most when they are made by literature and art.” John Fowles in The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

10 or 15 years ago, I had a copy of a DOS program (poem.exe) that generated short poems. Some were good, most boring, some meaningless rubbish. (I think the @poem.exe Twitter account is using dear old poem.exe with a human deciding what to tweet.)

So as someone who’s better at writing lyrics for an existing melody than writing a melody for existing lyrics … interesting tool.

But I always remember that what sells the music industry giant’s idea of music isn’t the music. It’s sex. So when they feed specialist-AI-generated lyrics into specialist-AI-generated melody into specialist-AI-generated avatars – will the domination of musical sex machines like Beyoncé finally be broken?

Only when the avatar looks and acts like her.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180112-is-this-the-worlds-first-good-robot-album