Nick Cave Unloads on Musicians Using ChatGPT to Write Songs

Oh No You Didn’t Known AI hater and famed singer-songwriter Nick Cave has once again gone off on OpenAI’s ChatGPT and its imitators being used to mimic the actual talent to write and record music. In a “letter to the editor”-style blog post, Cave took questions from two purported music industry folks about songwriters using generative AI to speed up the process. “I know you’ve talked about ChatGPT before,” the letter-writer wrote, “but what’s wrong with making things faster and easier?” Whether or not they knew it, the purported music industry type who queried the storied troubadour clearly touched a nerve. “ChatGPT rejects any notions of creative struggle, that our endeavours animate and nurture our lives giving them depth and meaning,” Cave seethed. “It rejects that there is a collective, essential and unconscious human spirit underpinning our existence, connecting us all through our mutual striving.” The technology’s intent, he continued, “is to eliminate the process of creation and its attendant challenges, viewing it as nothing more than a time-wasting inconvenience that stands in the way of the commodity itself.” “Why bother with the artistic process and its accompanying trials?” he continued. “Why shouldn’t we make it ‘faster and easier?” Nick-strodamus As the ChatGPT-curious Cave fan noted, the “Red Right Hand” singer had indeed written about the now-notorious chatbot before — and his commentary back then, at the beginning of 2023, feels a bit like prophecy now. Back in January, when OpenAI was still fairly new to the public psyche and hadn’t…Nick Cave Unloads on Musicians Using ChatGPT to Write Songs

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