Bjork created an AI-assisted soundtrack for boutique NYC hotel Sister City (listen)
Bjork has created a “generative soundscape experience” for the lobby of NYC boutique hotel Sister City. Using AI technology created by Microsoft, it pulls choral arrangements from throughout her career and is rooted in “Icelandic Musicality.” It’s called “Kórsafn: a choral retrospective” and here’s more from Bjork:
an architectural structure in downtown manhattan offered me the hand in an AI tango and i accepted the call, i am alert with curiosity waiting the results. i offered them my choir archives, written over 17 years that will float through the pinball of artificial intelligence by the grid of bird migrations, clouds, aeroplanes and that voluptuous thing called barometer ! hudson valley happens to be one of the most bird-trafficked deltas on the planet, i know this of my own experience …. hope you will enjoy this ! warmth -björk
Bjork stayed at Sister CIty last spring when she was rehearsing for her Cornucopia show at The Shed, and Kórsafn grew out of that, in particular her work with Iceland’s 50-person Hamrahlid Choir.
Kórsafn is for the hotel’s “guests and visitors alike” and if you’re in NYC you can visit Sister City at 225 Bowery (between Stanton and Rivington). You can also listen from the comfort of your own home via Sister City’s live feed. Learn more here and you can watch a short video about Kórsafn’s creation below.
Julianna Barwick did a similar AI-generated soundscape for Sister City last year.