Your Dream of a Computer Singing '90s Ballads to You 24/7 Has Come True


Fuck a jetpack. There’s only one reason I ever wanted to go to the future, and that’s so a computer set up next to a microphone would sing distorted ‘90s ballads at me without pause. My life has been changed forever, thanks to a project by Martin Backes.

Here’s a description of the installation, via Martin Backes, its creator:

“What do machines sing of?” is a fully automated machine, which endlessly sings number-one ballads from the 1990s. As the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality.

‘90s kids, rejoice, etc.

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