Life is stressful in 2020, no doubt about that. If you need a way to take the edge off, rejoice! Experimental pop genius Grimes has announced she’s working on a new project of soothing tunes to help you relax and fall asleep. This is made only slightly less relaxing by the fact that Grimes made this in partnership with an artificial intelligence program that will generate ambient soundscape tunes customized to your location, environment, the weather and other variables. Ahhh, nothing to put your mind at ease like knowing it’s being studied by robot overlords learning the contours of your gray matter in real time.
This sounds right up Grimes’ alley. She’s an undoubtedly gifted musician, with albums like Visions, Art Angels and 2020’s Miss Anthropocene having some of the best songs you could hope to hear in their respective release years. But Grimes’ musical wizardry is sometimes overshadowed by her personal life. Her relationship with Elon Musk has provided celeb gossip journalists with a goldmine of material, and some of her personal life choices veer into performance art or even self parody. For example, she and Musk named their child X Æ A-12 (Grimes just calls him “X.”)
Grimes created music in partnership with an app called Endel. “I think, if approached properly, A.I. has the ability to radically fix our world,” Grimes said in a statement. “I appreciate Endel because they represent the growing trend of humane technology. I hope that the fields of A.I. safety, research, philosophy, as well as humane A.I. and spiritual technology, etc., can grow a lot in the coming years. We’ll need it!”
Musk hasn’t weighed in on the project but it’s a little surprising he didn’t think of it, given his futuristic obsessions. You can check out more in the video below and download the app for iOS now, if you’re so inclined. Just remember how I, Robot started.