Dadabots Researchers Feed Archspire Music to AI to Generate an Endless Stream of Procedural Technical Death Metal

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These songs have a much clearer edge that humans have over bots that can play a few songs and then automatically die when the song plays out. Humans can do that. In the past bots that can play a few tunes and then lose and fail instantly are found.

The same idea was used to create a song called “Mushroom Hill” from the song by Radiohead that was featured in a 2013 episode of Game Music.

I’ve seen music bots being used for entertainment purposes before but this is the first time I’ve heard one being used for musical programming. I’m pretty sure robots can play songs, too, so maybe music bots will even be on the way, even if it’s just for comedic purposes.

This is kind of neat…

Now, while I’m kind of excited about this, I’m a bit disappointed that the song wasn’t more music-like instead…

I’d really like to see these automated machines, just in case…

All this goes on for more than a year. Each song is then made from a random assortment of the songs produced by previous robots, and then each song is played back through a computer to generate an endless stream of technical death metal death metal beat sequences.

According to the team, all this involves some pretty large resources and amounts of time. The song list can stretch on indefinitely. And if that one song is an absolute monster, then the team has no idea when that single song will be played twice.

The song lists don’t have a specific order, but a pattern. If you know that song one, then they have to play the song twice in an order:

1. Songs 1 and 2 are played first

2. Songs 3 and 4 are played next.

Of course, once a song becomes popular enough, it will be played twice because as humans, we’d rather have…

The last song comes to us as the robots struggle to keep order. This is some crazy stuff! But more important, it is a truly awesome song, and a fantastic metaphor for the future of AI. It’s almost impossible to resist.


You can listen to the demo and download Archspire as an MP3 for free here. But if you want to play it solo, you can go to the official Archspire website and try your own hand at playing it. It is as addictive as a bad movie, if not more so. Archspire is currently available on Steam for a price of $10, and can be found over on the company blog. If you are interested in learning more or if you just want to take the show a little farther, follow our progress at the Archspire wiki. There are some crazy features of the soundtrack included here; the soundtrack is the next level.


Archspire is currently a project at MIT, and will hopefully be released to.