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Björk Partners With Microsoft to create an AI-generated music based on the changing weather patterns and also the position of the sun. Kórsafn,’ which means ‘choir archive’ in icelandic, will be played on repeat in the lobby of Sister City Hotel in  New York’s lower east side.

Kórsafn uses sounds from Björk’s musical archives, which she has compiled over the last 17 years, to create new arrangements. The composition includes that of the Hamrahlid Choir from Iceland, which Björk used to be a member of and featured in her experimental theatre show, Cornucopia.

Together with Microsoft’s AI, Björk’s music will adapt to sunrises, sunsets, and changes in barometric pressure using live camera feed from the Sister City roof. The result is an endless string of unique variations that create an all encompassing mood for guests. The ongoing computer project will train Microsoft’s AI to better recognize the change in weather and seasons.

“an architectural structure 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”

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This composition is the second in a larger series of ‘lobby soundscapes’ created with the help of Microsoft and Sister City. What are your thoughts on Björk Partners With Microsoft?

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