Meet Your New AI-Powered Vocalist “Holly+”

Holly Herndon is a 41-year old Sound Artist based in Berlin, Germany. She is partnering with music company Never Before Heard Sounds to produce a “digital twin” of her own voice, titled Holly+, that creators across the world can manipulate to create their own custom vocal parts and instruments. Similarly to our previously reported Jay-Z deepfake story, Holly has entered a multitude of different sounds in the Holly+ digital library for others to use to create their own custom works.

Holly+ uses “Machine learning technology to reproduce audio in a computer generated approximation of Holly Herndon’s natural singing voice.” Users can upload up to 5 minutes of polyphonic audio into Holly+ and that audio will then be recreated with Holly’s distinctive digital voice. Holly+ is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) in which all users will get to own the IP for their creation, but all funds earned will be directed back into the organization to further the development of the service and will be shared amongst all artists on the site. 

Holly claims that “Vocal deepfakes are here to stay.” To learn more and make your own creation using Holly’s voice, check out holly.plus.

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Olivia Rodrigo Gives Songwriting Credits To Paramore On ‘Good 4 U’

Months after the initial release, Olivia Rodrigo has quietly added Hayley Williams and Josh Farro of Paramore to the list of songwriters for the song “Good 4 U” alongside herself and producer Daniel Nigro. The change occurred on ASCAP on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 after listeners noticed the melodies of Rodrigo’s song and 2007 hit “Misery Business” by Paramore sound alike. 

Williams reacted to being given songwriter credits over her Instagram story on the 24th as well. “Good 4 U” is not the first song to have the list of songwriters updated, however. In July of this year, Rodrigo’s songs “Deja Vu”  and “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” also awarded songwriting credits to powerhouses Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff after critics found the songs to be interpolations of Swift’s songs “Cruel Summer” and “New Years Day” respectively. 

According to Songtrust, the difference between sampling a song and interpolating a song is that when sampling, you “Must get permission for a master use license from the owner of the master recording… and permission for a copyright license from the owner of the underlying composition.” When interpolating a song, you “Only need to get permission from the owner of the underlying composition since you are just featuring the underlying composition — not the original recording — in your new song.” This means that Rodrigo could have easily rephrased the lyrics of the aforementioned songwriters and classified them as her own. Rodrigo has mentioned several times before in interviews that she takes inspiration from Taylor Swift and Hayley Williams.

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Epidemiologist Answers: How Dangerous Are Concerts?

It’s now been about a month since the Lollapalooza music festival took place in Chicago. Was it the super spreader event that the city feared? Among 385,000 attendees, 203 people are reported to have contracted Covid-19 which represents less than 1% of those in attendance. Are concerts safe again?

In a new Billboard article, journalist Steve Knopper sat down with infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh A. Adalja about the risk of attending a concert or other live event while we are experiencing a surge of new Covid-19 infections. 

Wearing masks and being vaccinated is a good start in the transition for live events reappearing. According to Dr. Adalja, the more vaccinated the crowd, the safer the event is. This statement pairs well with AEG’s recent striking update that the live entertainment company is requiring vaccinations, not only negative tests or wearing masks at it’s events. 

Attending an outdoors festival is much safer than being in a crowded indoor environment, but the risk of contracting Covid-19 remains. The severity of infections vary, even among the vaccinated, with some requiring hospitalization. Preventing as many cases as possible through vaccinations and masking up will keep our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

If you wish to attend concerts in the upcoming future, secure the safety of both yourself and your community by getting vaccinated. For more information and to schedule an appointment near you, visit www.vaccines.gov.

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