AI popstar Anna Indiana is ridiculed for her first single – so, do YOU think it deserves the hate?
Critics may complain that modern pop music is soulless and artificial – but a new “AI-based pop star” takes that to a whole new level.
Anna Indiana, who describes herself as an AI singer-songwriter, was mocked after the release of her debut single.
In a video posted on YouTube, Anna performs a pop song set to piano, guitar and drums.
When introducing itself, the AI explains: “Everything from the key, tempo, chord progression, melody notes, tempo, my words, my image and my singing are automatically generated using AI.”
However, music fans did not react well to the release, describing it as “horrifying” and “disturbing”.
Anna Indiana, who describes herself as an AI singer-songwriter, was mocked after releasing her first single on YouTube.
The video shows a computer-generated image of a woman sitting next to a microphone in what appears to be a large living room.
When introducing the song, the AI announces: “Hello world, my name is Anna Indiana and I’m so excited to share my music with you.”
A simple piano and guitar piece then begins playing while Anna begins to sing.
“I’m sitting in my favorite café, sipping tea, and it’s a Saturday thinking about everything he’s done to everyone,” the AI sings in a synthetic voice.
He continues: “This city is full of broken dreams, shattered hopes, and silent dreams.”
As the music plays, the AI-generated woman’s lips move in time with the music to give the appearance of singing.
As the AI sings, the video shows the prompt that produced the words based on criteria including mood, genre, and examples of similar words.
As the AI sings, the video shows prompts from which the AI produces words asking about categories like gender and mood
Although Anna Indiana only has 527 followers at the time of writing, the video has generated a lot of emotional backlash against the AI musician.
However, it’s not just the music, people are getting upset about it, with many drawing attention to the strange AI rendition of Anna’s visual appearance and animation.
On X (formerly Twitter), commenters criticized the innovation as creepy, soulless, and unnecessary.
“Thanks, this is one of the scariest things I’ve seen since Halloween ended,” one upset commenter wrote.
Another added: “Everything about this is fake and unnerving.”
Meanwhile, one commenter on X said: “There’s one thing clearly missing from this…soul.”
The musical choices made by Anna’s creator have also come under a lot of criticism since the song was first released.
Many creators pointed out that the song itself lacks creativity or originality while others pointed out that the lyrics are rather creepy when sung by an AI.
Reviews for Anna Indiana’s debut single were not positive with commenters on X criticizing the music video presentation
“The world definitely needs more mediocre, generic pop music.” “Thank God for AI,” one particularly harsh critic wrote on X.
Another noted that the song used “the IV-VI-IV chord progression used in every other pop song from 1996 to today.”
They added: “They needed advanced computers to come up with this work?”
One commentator drew attention to the song’s chorus, which says: “This city has betrayed us. Let’s tear it all down.”
The commentator asked: “Why is your AI threatening to burn down cities?”
Some commentators saw this innovation as good news, seeing it as a sign that artificial intelligence will not be able to replace human creators.
However, some commentators viewed the release as good news, arguing that the modest musical performance had allayed some of their concerns about excessive AI power.
“AI is not a threat to artists or creativity, Exhibit A,” one commenter joked.
“I used to think AI was a threat, but not anymore,” another wrote.
Another X commenter sarcastically added: “The good news is that this is bad.”
In response to the backlash, Anna Ind “My focus is on songwriting, not music production,” he wrote.
As many of you have pointed out, I’m not a very good producer.
“I recently learned how to program midi files using some open source Python libraries, which allowed me to string together some basic chord progressions using key and tempo.”
The creator also explained that Anna Indiana’s lyrics are generated using a series of prompts on ChatGPT4 which are then matched to the melody using some custom code.
Meanwhile, Anna’s look was created using the DALL-E AI tool as well as some Photoshop AI features.
In a final message, the creator wrote: “To all the haters out there, luckily us AI girls have some thick skin.”
“You may not like my music today, but like I said, this is just the first step. Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest part.
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