Grimes has launched her own AI voice-mimicking software for fans to use at home
The singer-producer has launched Elf.Tech which will mimic her voice and allow fans to create tracks under her name.
Grimes has introduced Elf.Tech to fans, which is her own AI voice-mimicking software allowing users to record vocals with her voice. She announced the news via her social media by confirming it is currently in its beta testing phase.
On the Twitter thread, she said: “If you go to http://elf.tech u can upload ur voice singing or record directly into the app (click the “create” button to do this). It will output the same audio but with my voice.”
“Feel free to take advantage of Grimes IP!” she added. “We can collect master recording royalties for you if choose to distribute your song through.” The platform will essentially use the Grimes name and likeness to source and replicate music for the singer-producer, further to her seeking a 50% split on royalties “in exchange for a Grimes feat and distribution.”
She has even begun tweeting back to fans who are experimenting with the software, saying to one “I feel like it still doesn’t sound quite like Grimes but this is just a banger?!?! Sick song.” The software allows you to upload or record acapella that can be transformed into a ‘GrimesAI-1 voiceprint’. You then get your processed audio back as a WAV file and can use it in your own tunes.
Grimes also revealed she will be releasing her own music soon under the names ‘Music For Machines’ and ‘I Wanna Be Software’. The journey to Elf. Tech started last week when she said that she and her team were working on software to replicate her voice, as she then set up the name the next day and warned users that things will be taken down. “We may do copyright takedowns ONLY for rly rly toxic lyrics w Grime’s voice,” she said. “…As in, try not to exit the current Overton window of lyrical content w regards to sex/violence. Like no baby murder songs plz [sic].”
There are also some costs involved, and distributing your song on a streaming service will be $10 a year. If you are already under a label you have to contact Grimes for approval. Elf.Tech states it wants the AI voice to be the “best self-replicating pop star voice on the market.”