tbc vs Instamatic - Nature vs Machine (Nature's Panopticom) (Nat King Cole vs Peter Gabriel)

Nature’s Panopticom (Nat King Cole vs Peter Gabriel)

tbc vs Instamatic - Nature vs Machine (Nature's Panopticom) (Nat King Cole vs Peter Gabriel)

New mashup using the newly dropped track by Peter Gabriel vs Nat King Cole – I am not intentionally copying DSP Mashups but this is at least the 2nd or 3rd mash I’ve heard them use a source and then be inspired to have a go myself! Their mashups and source choices are so inspiring!

This is Peter Gabriel’s very recently released new track ‘Panopticom’ mixed with Nat King Cole’s Nature Boy. Usually I hate jazz, but I make an exception for that track as it’s one of my favourites…it’s spooky and eerie, and fits the alienated mood of the Peter Gabriel track – talk about a genre clash!

The story of that track is very odd – and for a while I resisted the combo but then I realised that not every combo has to complement – opposition is OK – and either the Nature Boy could be opposing the rise of the algoprithms and AI – or indeed be a model program simulated inside it, the last vestige of nature.

BTW I have visited Jeremy Bentham, he’s embalmed in University College London, and he invented the idea of the Panopticon – the model prison/hell where every prisoner is being watched. Hence Peter’s comparison with AI and new technology being like that sort of ever-watching prison.

So this is quite a deep mash with a message….as an artist I am equal parts bemused, excited and terrified of the new technologies – excited what they can do, bemused that they are quite often shit, and terrified of how they will be inevitably abused.

And indeed the sheer mundanity of what it produces – and how generic it will all become. As someone said recently, we are doing this the wrong way around – we should be teaching AI the dull tasks no-one wants to do, and then using the time and money saved to liberate humanity to create art. And the irony of using AI machine-learning stems separation to create a track criticising AI is not lost on me….

For more info you should definitely check out Janelle Shane’s TED Talk on the dumbness and dangerous nature of AI

tbc vs Instamatic – Nature vs Machine (Nature’s Panopticom) (Nat King Cole vs Peter Gabriel)

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