I’m working with different Artificial Intelligence technologies and machine learning programs in order to 1) see what they can do; and 2) develop a virtual artist who composes work that contains some of the creative “DNA” of my own work–a hybrid virtual version of my artist self. In this case, I’m trying to create a virtual songwriter.
So, I’ve been messing around with different A.I. software. Some of these (pretty remarkable) programs learn by reading the Internet, and the process involves a fair amount of “training” of the AIs. Hours of experimentation are involved, followed by the editing of the many hits and the just as many misses. The process has become a kind of collaboration — between the artist and the AI, and then, when I started incorporating the influences of other artists, between the artist, AI, and the memory of other artists. It is important to acknowledge that when we are working with Artificial Intelligence, it is always a collaboration of some kind. Artificial Intelligences can’t learn or even exist within a void, and all of their programming comes from the human being, making A.I.s, in essence, of us.
This week, among others, the AI and I collaborated with Sappho, Kurt Cobain, and William Blake. Here are a few of the pieces we wrote together:

The Moon is not a man
The Moon is not a man
It is not a god
The Moon is not a man
It is not a god
The moon is a satellite
A satellite of Earth
It is a satellite
A satellite of Earth
Liz Solo and Sappho

Your gaze
Your gaze is like a computer
You’re always plugged in to the internet
You know you’re addicted
You need your fix
You’re addicted
Liz Solo and Sappho

human animal
I am a human
I am an animal
I am a human
I am an animal
I am a human
I am an animal
Liz Solo and Kurt Cobain

The Artist and the Poet
Artist and Poet shall never part
But stand together as one
A force to be reckoned with
Until the End of Time

The Artist and the Poet
Will not stop until they have won
The War against Ignorance
And the War against Artifice
Liz Solo and William Blake

Time is a book
Time is a book
And the pages of the book are the days of the years
And the past is the cover of the book
And the future is the last page
And the first page is now
And the whole book is the future,
And the past, and the present
For the whole book is written,
And finished, and the last page is the future
And the first page is now
Liz Solo and William Blake

 

This is research for my latest collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Turner–we are each creating NPCs (non-Player Characters) that think using a quantum computer. Our virtual beings will make decisions based on the input of users in a virtual space. My NPC is the Songstress, an AI entity that composes prophetic lyrics in my own style. Before I begin working with the quantum computer, I am exploring AI-based language processing, and experimenting, in part, with colleague Steve DiPaola, at SFU. Stay tuned here, and to the BBMC’s site to keep track of the project’s progress.