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Grimes launches website to replicate her voice using AI

By | Published on Thursday 4 May 2023


Grimes has launched a new website making it easier to replicate her voice using AI, should you want to. It was only last month that the musician gave her blessing for people to do so.

The website allows users to upload audio of themselves singing or to record directly into the software via their computer microphone. Once processed, the same audio will be returned but with a computer-generated Grimes voice.

“This is all a beta test so it may be imperfect at first”, she explained in a tweet. And she’s not wrong. While they only loosely sounded like Grimes, the various tests I just did were at least very funny. If you’d prefer to train your own AI model, there are also stems available for you to do that.

In addition to providing the means to record your own music with an AI Grimes as your lead performer, the new website will also handle distribution of that music, should you wish. This service will cost $9.99 per year.

Anyone who makes music with the AI is also expected to split the recording royalties 50/50 with Grimes. If you take her up on the distribution offer, then this will be handled before the money reaches you anyway. Anyone looking to release through a label or other distribution platform is asked to get in touch with Grimes’ team first.

While other artists and labels were decrying the use of generative AI in music last month, Grimes fully welcomed it, telling fans: “I’ll split 50% royalties on any successful AI-generated song that uses my voice. Same deal as I would with any artist I collab with. Feel free to use my voice without penalty. I have no label and no legal bindings”.

She later added a caveat, saying: “OK, hate this part, but we may do copyright takedowns ONLY for really really toxic lyrics with Grimes’ voice. In my opinion you’d really have to push it for me to wanna take something down, but I guess please don’t be the worst. As in, try not to exit the current Overton window of lyrical content with regards to sex/violence. Like, no baby murder songs please”.

Announcing her new website yesterday, she said: “Grimes is now open source and self-replicating”. Although she pointed out that she will “be releasing real Grimes music in the coming weeks and months too”.

But yeah, if you can’t wait to hear what music the actual Grimes is making, then you can make your own using her AI voice here.