back to article As the singularity approaches, neural network pens black metal album

If Coditany of Timeness was released without the high-tech fanfare, no one in the notoriously elitist black metal scene would bat an eyelid. Perhaps popular online US music mag Pitchfork would even give it a "6/10". The album has everything intrinsic to the sub-genre – tremolo guitars, blasting drums, barked vocals, and total …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Speaking as one who gave up on the extreme end of the heavy metal genre when I stopped listening to Venom (or "80s Geordie NWOBHM band Venom") nearly 30 years ago I do wonder what any of this musical description means.

    On the other hand, I did listen to a recent Skeptics Guide to the Universe episode where they played a very Beach Boys AI composition so I understand a bit of the technological aspect - which is where I would have been more interested in this article.

  2. iron Silver badge

    WTF is math metal?

    1. Snivelling Wretch

      I don't know, but it's spelt wrongly.

    2. Excellentsword

      A dissonant fusion of heavy metal and hardcore punk characterised by unusual time signatures, experimentation, and rhythmic complexity. I recommend just listening to Calculating Infinity, it's awesome.

      1. oliversalmon


        Just listened to Calculating Infinity, compared to a techno album, Industrial Assault, I used to have on tape by an obscure Belgian Dj called DJ Xcite, this is kindergarten material.

        For total brain melting material, listen to Gabba :)

    3. Kane Silver badge

      "WTF is math metal?"

      Here, let me google that for you!

  3. John H Woods Silver badge

    The singularity ...

    ... is not really approaching, is it?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The singularity ...

      It's a typo. They mean to say "songularity".

    2. John Smith 19 Gold badge

      Re: The singularity ...... is not really approaching, is it?

      Not today it isn't.

      Although IIRC there's a computer generated scene from a (virtual) cowboy movie in Knuth's AOCP

      Given this stuff seems good at generating "art" in a certain genre I'm frankly gobsmocked no one has already done the computer generated written pron, for which I'm told there is much online source material available.

  4. Imsimil Berati-Lahn

    Thought I'd heard this somewhere before.

    You know that sound like a set of fucked bagpipes...

    Yeah that's right, it's ZX81 tape code.

    1. A. Coatsworth

      Re: Thought I'd heard this somewhere before.

      The intro has a certain flavor of the infamous "backwards radio station"... or as you correctly put it, rogered bagpipes (filtered through Silent Hill's Nowhere)...

      1. Trilkhai
        Thumb Up

        Re: Thought I'd heard this somewhere before.

        If "Rogered Bagpipes" has never been used as a band name before, it should be.

  5. Ugotta B. Kiddingme

    ear of the beholder?

    "The Dillinger Escape Plan's seminal "math metal" debut, Calculating Infinity, was also given the treatment and somehow sounds even more incoherent."

    Actually seemed quite the improvement to me...

    What my head feels like after 10 seconds of Dillinger Escape Plan ----->

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    metal making metal?

    RoTM is indeed upon us. I for one welcome, etc. etc.

    1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

      Re: metalception

      Silicon making metal out of metal . . . it's metal all the way down.

  7. tekHedd

    Have you tried some Jackson Browne?

    The real test of a musician is how they perform a ballad.

    (Yes of course it's a Bloom County reference.)

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Metal or Pop??

    The apocalypse is a long way off if this is what it can do.

    This should be marketed as a track to put people to sleep, it is unbelievably boring and vacuous. I suggest that it should try pop music - it achieves the appropriate levels of vacuousness for that.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bet it's a bugger to play live ;)

  10. FozzyBear

    Well it beats being tortured by Justin beiber

    1. John Smith 19 Gold badge

      Well it beats being tortured by Justin beiber

      With an icon like that we know you love the Bieber.

      Wear your gimp mask with pride. :-)

  11. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

    "Coditany of Timeness is by no means unlistenable"

    Then it's not tr00 black metal!

    \m/ -_- \m/

    The gimp mask is a bit more Manowar (or, perhaps, Cradle of Filth...) than Immortal, but it'll have to do.

  12. hatti

    Bit like

    Black metal is a bit like rock music but without the rock and the music.

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