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Chain Tripping
DFA Records
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Release Date
August 30, 2019

YACHT (an acronym for “Young Americans Challenging High Technology”) is Claire L. Evans, Jona Bechtolt, and Rob Kieswetter. For Chain Tripping, the trio invented their own working method, at the intersection of DIY and high-tech: they used neural networks to break their patterns apart into infinite variations, which they re-assembled into new songs that they then learned, performed, and recorded live. Rather than rely on any single tool, they brought together several distinct AI processes to generate lyrics (Char-RNN), musical data (MusicVAE), raw audio (SampleRNN), and instrumentation (a “neural synthesizer” called the NSynth). They were inspired by the long history of generative composition, from William S. Burroughs’ cut-up writing method to David Bowie’s custom “Verbasizer” lyrics software from the ‘90s.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 (Downtown) Dancing 5:38 Buy

    (Downtown) Dancing

  2. 2 Hey Hey 3:43 Buy
  3. 3 SCATTERHEAD 3:12 Buy
  4. 4 Loud Light 3:19 Buy
  5. 5 Blue on Blue 3:34 Buy
  6. 6 DEATH 2:49 Buy
  7. 7 Sad Money 3:54 Buy
  8. 8 California Dali 3:52 Buy
  9. 9 Stick it to the Station 3:08 Buy

    Stick it to the Station

  10. 10 Little Instant 3:58 Buy


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