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Kode 9 collaborator Lawrence Lek ventures into a fantasy soundtrack sequel to ‘Geomancer’, exploring ideas about love and pop soul in post-human, algorithm-driven AI musics
The full A/V project ‘Aidol’ was previously installed at one of Hyperdub’s acclaimed Ø “club”-nights, and naturally the label deliver its sleekly synthetic soundtrack components as a standalone release that clearly taps into their fascinations with computer game and Far Eastern musics, and emergent forms of sonic fiction. For aesthetic reference points, think neo James Ferraro and Local Action’s Lena Raine releases, Chinese karaoke, and everything from Kenji Yamamoto’s playful melodramas and Nozomu Matsumoto’s uncanny ambient sound design.
““Beware your fans, Diva. First they need you and then they’ll delete you.” AIDOL is the sequel to 2017’s Geomancer. This feature-length CGI fantasy follows a fading superstar, Diva, who enlists the AI Geomancer as a ghostwriter for her comeback performance at the 2065 eSports Olympics. Featuring a soundtrack by the artist, AIDOL revolves around the struggle between humanity and AI for dominance of the entertainment industry. Diva’s quest for fame is set against the contradictions of a fully-automated world, one where originality is no more than an algorithmic trick and machines have the capacity for love and suffering.”