B-Seite Festival
März 2019

2017


What do machines sing of?

Martin Backes

 

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. Songs performed by the computer program include Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, R. Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly and My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.