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Trans Artist Arca Drops New Music Composed by A.I.

We love the avant-garde. And these days, there are few personas more avant-garde than Venezuelan electronic music artist, Arca. If kicking off 2020 for Arca meant dropping an unprecedented 62-minute single entitled “@@@@@,” then it shouldn’t surprise anyone that to close out the year she is releasing 100 unique versions of her song “Riquiquí” a potent single that explores multiplicity, off her acclaimed latest album “KiCk i.”  Generated using Bronze, Arca worked with the new music production AI software to create and isolate 100 unique interpretations of “Riquiquí,” emphasizing that a song can exist in quasi-infinite flux. LISTEN HERE.

The process takes the existing “Riquiquí” production as a starting point. The piece is re-imagined into a performative state, one which generates a unique experience upon each listen. It has been trained to be sympathetic to the character and structure of the piece, whilst simultaneously allowing both significant differences in form and subtle, nuanced variation in detail. This release also highlights a pressing issue in modern music – there is an increasing array of dynamic, machine learning based tools for artists to explore in the music making process; but, in order to release music on the most accessible platforms they are still tied to restrictive, heritage audio files.

The “Riquiquí” release is the first commercial release of its kind. A snapshot of infinite possibilities, all 100 versions will be released today via XL Recordings across all digital stores. Talking about the release, Arca says:

“Until now I had never allowed anyone to remix an Arca song. There existed n0 official remixes to an Arca track until today— Riquiquí has gotten 100 remixes by an intelligent sentience, created and trained by the genius minds at Bronze. I’ve worked with Bronze once before; in 2019 I gave musical language to Echo, a musical being birthed into the Museum of Modern Art’s lobby, and then Echo began to speak of its own volition. There you will never hear the same thing twice – for two years it is an ever-morphing stream thanks to Bronze’s trained yet unpredictable musical AI. I recognized the textures and melodies, but never the song— for a composer such as myself it remains something truly new which I had never experienced before, a moment of unforgettable experience in virtue of the mystery and wonder Bronze makes possible.”

Last year, Arca began her exploration with Bronze, using the innovative AI software to generate her auto-poetic system piece for the new MoMA lobby in collaboration with Philippe Parreno and Nicolas Becker, which was unveiled in October 2019. Arca recently received her first GRAMMY® nomination for “KiCk i” in the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” category. Outside of her own music, which includes three albums (Xen, Mutant, Arca), several mixtapes (Stretch 1, Stretch 2, &&&&&, Entrañas), and a 62-minute single “@@@@@,” she has produced for Björk, Kanye West, FKA Twigs, composed music for MoMA and Analogue’s Mega SG, hosted Frank Ocean’s PREP+ party, and performed with the Labèque sisters at Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show.

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