Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly in the music industry and its presence has generated controversy in the world of entertainment. A recent example of this technology is a video that went viral on social networks, where Kurt Cobain is shown singing “Everlong” by Foo Fighters.
Curiously, and as he remembers Rock popFoo Fighters is one of the bands that his Nirvana partner Dave Grohl founded after the death of the leader of the iconic grunge band.
The version of the song was created with an AI-generated voice, mimicking Cobain’s, and was shared on the TikTok profile @airemixes, a channel specialized in remixes made by artificial intelligence. In addition to “Everlong,” the channel has created covers of other hits by bands like Radiohead and Alice in Chains.
Here you can see the original version of the theme.
“Everlong”, with the voice of Cobain
The “Everlong” version generated mixed opinions among users. Some argued that the AI-generated voice did not reflect the pain and passion that characterized Cobain, while others opined that the song was a work of art.
Here you can see the version created by the AI.
The controversy also spilled over to other IA-created covers of songs, such as new songs by Charly Garcia featuring his younger self’s vocals and an entire Oasis album, which even got a thumbs up from one of the Gallagher brothers.
Despite mixed opinions, the use of AI in music is gaining ground in the industry, and many artists and producers are taking advantage of this technology to create new forms of art. For example, the song “Hearts On My Sleeve,” an AI collaboration between The Weeknd and Drake, has garnered over 300,000 streams on Spotify.