Nick Cave has reacted furiously to an try and emulate his songs with AI, labeling it a “grotesque mockery of what it’s to be human.”
The Australian musician and songwriter was responding at size to the unnamed track, which was created by ChatGPT and posted on-line by a fan.
Cave has been utilizing his web site, The Purple Hand Recordsdata, to reply on to letters from followers since launching it in 2018. Situation 218 is in response to the correspondence from a person named solely as Mark from Christchurch, New Zealand.
Beneath the AI creation posted to his web site, Cave, 65, mentioned that he had been despatched “dozens” of songs “within the model of Nick Cave” created by ChatGPT because the launch of the expertise final yr.
Decidedly unimpressed, he wrote: “Judging by this track ‘within the model of Nick Cave’ although, it doesn’t look good, Mark. The apocalypse is nicely on its method. This track sucks.”
ChatGPT is ready to present prolonged, considerate and thorough responses to questions and prompts, starting from factual inquiries like “Who was the president of the US in 1955” to extra open-ended questions reminiscent of “What’s the which means of life?”
Mark’s providing was of a number of verses, with the refrain: “I’m the sinner, I’m the saint. I’m the darkness, I’m the sunshine. I’m the hunter, I’m the prey. I’m the satan, I’m the savior.”
Cave, greatest recognized for his haunting ballads about life, love, betrayal and demise, mentioned such makes an attempt at replication are a “travesty.”
The artist, whose 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling from a cliff in 2015, added: “Songs come up out of struggling, by which I imply they’re predicated upon the advanced, inside human wrestle of creation and, nicely, so far as I do know, algorithms don’t really feel. Knowledge doesn’t endure. ChatGPT has no interior being, it has been nowhere, it has endured nothing, it has not had the audacity to succeed in past its limitations, and therefore it doesn’t have the capability for a shared transcendent expertise, because it has no limitations from which to transcend.”
Cave continued: “It could sound like I’m taking all this just a little too personally, however I’m a songwriter who’s engaged, at this very second, within the means of songwriting. It’s a blood and guts enterprise, right here at my desk, that requires one thing of me to provoke the brand new and contemporary thought.”
Whereas he described the computer-generated try as “a grotesque mockery of what it’s to be human,” Cave did single out one line: “I’ve received the fireplace of hell in my eyes.”
“That’s form of true,” he admits. “I’ve received the fireplace of hell in my eyes – and it’s ChatGPT,” he ends earlier than signing off, “Love, Nick.”