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This article was published on March 8, 2021


AI generates trippy music video inspired by 50,000 album covers

The video was produced by training Nvidia’s StyleGAN2 architecture on Spotify data

AI generates trippy music video inspired by 50,000 album covers
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Writer at Neural by TNW — Thomas covers AI in all its iterations. Likes Werner Herzog films and Arsenal FC. Writer at Neural by TNW — Thomas covers AI in all its iterations. Likes Werner Herzog films and Arsenal FC.

A Spanish artist has created a trippy music video by training a deep-learning algorithm on thousands of album covers.

Bruno López produced the video by using a combination of Spotify data, Python scripts, and Generative Adversarial Networks.

He first created a script that downloaded the album covers for every track featured on Spotify’s official editorial playlists.

The result was a dataset of around 50,000 covers with individual resolutions of 640 x 640.

This was used as training data for Nvidia’s StyleGAN2 architecture, the same system that previously brought us pizzas, fursonas, and My Little Pony characters that don’t exist.

After several days of training, the model became capable of generating its own album covers.

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Next, López created a Python script to organize the results by the colors and faces present in the covers. He then animated the images to the beat of the Sound Stabs song “Interference.”

Finally, he edited the clips in Adobe Premiere to produce the final video.

While the music’s too pulsating for my aging ears, the animation fits the rhythm seamlessly and is more aesthetically interesting than most of YouTube’s most popular music videos.

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