Nabihah Iqbal collaborates with quantum physicist Libby Heaney on AI-assisted EP, live performance

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  • The Whole Earth Chanting is out now.
  • Nabihah Iqbal collaborates with quantum physicist Libby Heaney on AI-assisted EP, live performance image
  • UK artists Nabihah Iqbal and Libby Heaney have created a "sonic mediation session" using field recordings made from artificial intelligence. The Whole Earth Chanting, out in digital EP form now, will serve as the basis for a live performance meant to go down later this year. For the project, Heaney, a lecturer at the Royal College of Art who uses her background in quantum computing to create multidisciplinary art, built a program to produce AI-generated sound. She fed the computer thousands of samples from field recordings spanning from Gregorian chanting to the humming of equipment in a quantum physics lab. After the sounds were processed through the artificial intelligence algorithm, Iqbal incorporated the resulting samples into an instrumental piece that "blurs the boundaries between human voice and computer, real sound and 'artificial' sound," she said. During the live performance, expected to take place through a dub Soundsystem this summer once pandemic restrictions ease, the London artist will perform live, accompanied by AI-generated sounds. Listen to a preview of The Whole Earth Chanting. For more information, visit Radar's website.
    Tracklist 01. The Whole Earth Chanting, Excerpt 1 02. The Whole Earth Chanting, Excerpt 2 03. The Whole Earth Chanting, Excerpt 3 04. The Whole Earth Chanting, Excerpt 4 The Whole Earth Chanting is out now on Radar.