The Duchess of LES
The Duchess of LES:
AN AI Musical From Little Ukraine
Cast & Crew
Original script and lyrics by
William Electric Black
q & A
AI is a hot topic. Here are some of the questions the Duchess team has been asked.
We feel that it will give you a better understanding of why we chose to use AI in our production.
Q: Why did you decide to incorporate AI into a production set in the 1980s?
A: The music in Duchess is an homage to all the 80’s artists, embracing hip-hop and rock. Only AI can do that.
Q: Society’s views on AI have changed a lot from the 1980’s to 2023. Does the production view AI through a 1980’s lens or a 2023 viewpoint?
A: Although AI did not exist in the 1980’s, we see a direct parallel between technological innovation in the 80’s and in 2023. In the 80’s, sampling music became a thing. DJs back then took something and remade it into their own sound. AI does the same thing. We are embracing that nuanced viewpoint, and we don’t want to get into the slippery slope of labeling AI as copyright infringement. We see AI as an opportunity to create, not as a limitation on creativity. In the 80’s, many thought graffiti artists were creating a mess and that breakdancers weren’t “real” dancers. Fast forward to now, both are revered art forms. We think AI music will be as well in the near future. We’re on the cutting edge of normalizing its usage.
Q: 1980’s music is so specific. How do you use AI to help define this time period and tell the story?
A: 80’s music is a composite of disco, rock and roll, punk rock, rap, and R&B. With AI, you are able to program all of these genres and harmoniously create beats that signify that era while maintaining the integrity of 80’s music. It’s exciting and revolutionary. It’s like having 10-20 composers on one track, each with their distinct style yet perfectly blended to create something original.
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