Make what you want of it, but one thing is certain; robots made from recycled parts and controlled by midi sequencers are having a better career playing metal covers than most bands.
If you don’t believe me, check out their “Ace Of Spades” cover.
It’s been said that this robot “band” plays real electric and acoustic instruments. People on YouTube commented about AI taking over the world, but in the end, this project is just some great code writing and midi sequencing.
So how did I hear about Compressorhead?
Well I was at a work seminar and they had a few “experts” in different IT areas presenting different topics. I am using the “expert” tag here with a lot of sarcasm.
So the AI “expert” introduced the video of Compressorhead and told the attendees that the robots in the band got placed in a room, given the music to hear and they managed to learn the songs all on their own.
Of course this caused some discussion amongst the attendees and a lot of iPads started Googling the band name and reading up on the history of the “band”, which involved from creation in a warehouse to playing live.
Even when the AI “expert” was given evidence that showed that the band performance was midi sequencing programmed by a human, the AI expert refused to change his view, because it didn’t work with the presentation, which was to scare us about the power of AI.
Little did the expert know that when they use Google, AI is there to auto fill and bring back the pages they need. I can’t even remember the last time I needed to click on the 2nd page of the Google search results.
Every time they go on a plane, AI is on board, ready to fly the plane when the autopilot button is pressed.
Every time they use spell check, AI is there to go through the document and compare words to a dictionary.
A little bit of AI is everywhere.
Maybe Compressorhead will become a self learning AI. That’s all up to the unsung heroes who created and programmed the robots.
Until then enjoy their metal machine tribute to Lemmy.