Grimes Launches AI Vocal Service, Is Now "Open Source and Self-Replicating"

The musician has launched the GrimesAI-1 Voiceprint beta, giving creators access to her voice

BY Megan LaPierrePublished May 2, 2023

Grimes wasn't kidding when she said you could use her voice in AI music β€” and she's gone ahead and made it easier for you to do so.

After giving a keynote speech at the "Face the Future"-themed International Music Summit in Ibiza last Friday (April 28), the artist born Claire Boucher launched a service called GrimesA1-1 Voiceprint. Registered Elf.Tech creators can now "upload pre-recorded acapellas (or record their own set of fresh vocals) to be transformed into a GrimesAI-1 voiceprint." You are the Grimes now!

For an annual fee of $9.99, the service will also upload your songs to digital streaming platforms. Those looking to release a song featuring GrimesAI-1 via a label or distributor that is not Elf.Tech are asked to request approval for distribution. "You can use Grimes name and likeness (I humbly ask that you please be tasteful tho)," Grimes-1 tweeted over the weekend. "Grimes is now open source and self replicating."
 

She added during the keynote, "I've had people saying, 'your baby daddy invaded Bolivia for lithium.' I've been cancelled so many times β€” I'm not sure it can get worse than saying I support war crimes."

Grimes also addressed the tricky ethics of AI creators using vocals from deceased artists. "If I was dead, I'd really like people to do it," she enthused. "But I'm not sure everyone would agree. I feel like maybe Prince would've been up for it. If it was one of his friends doing it, maybe. It's a tricky one."

Current GrimesAI-1 voiceprint submissions include a song titled "The Fastest Path to Communism" and a cover of Smashmouth's "All Star."

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