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    WitchGang - a virtual band supergroup

    If you're in the mood for a new collaboration between Dave Sitek, NIN, Tobacco, and Hudson Mohawke, have I got unexpected news for you.



    Mod note: More info available at reputable website: https://www.theninhotline.com/news/permalink/1702876143
    Last edited by TheBang; 12-18-2023 at 11:53 AM. Reason: news article

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    If you're in the mood for a new collaboration between Dave Sitek, NIN, Tobacco, and Hudson Mohawke, have I got unexpected news for you.
    ...please continue talking.

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    oh my god what

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    oh it's a trip.

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    is this what youre referring to? lol i see you levi in the r/nin thread

    the world’s on fire but nothing can stop me now



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    yeaaaaah oookay lmfaoooo it is them, tobacco and sitek credited for this one too. i presume hudson is on nothing's alright - sounds a bit like him

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    also trent folllows their ig page so yea

    we making a new thread soon?
    Last edited by Wulgaren; 12-18-2023 at 07:38 AM.

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    Not digging this at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by fillow View Post
    Not digging this at all
    Yeah. The IDEA of this is really cool, but the actual music doesn't do anything for me. I saw a few folks likening this to a Gorillaz thing but...Gorillaz has a lot of fantastic material. Hoping this gets amazing or gets abandoned REAL quick.

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    I don't hate it. In fact it's pretty catchy. How much longer until we find out more about this?

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    the prospect of an AI pop group meant to dominate mainstream doesnít seem as bad when itís by nin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulgaren View Post
    ...an AI pop group...
    That's the part I'm not crazy about...if there is in fact an aspect of AI involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdm View Post
    That's the part I'm not crazy about...if there is in fact an aspect of AI involved.
    i think itís just the group presentation. music is all real people

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    vocalists are L devine and jean dawson (heís got some dope music, you should check him out, pretty experimental)

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    This isn’t alright and that’s okay.

    It’s not for me but if others enjoy it, cool.
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    Nothing's alright, indeed. Timeless is fun.

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    I think it's totally fair to say that the traditional ETS user is not the audience here - and that's okay! Lots of positive comments in the YouTube clips of people playing this song on Fortnite.

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    WitchGang - a virtual band supergroup

    if i ignore the blandness of nothingís alright, itís pretty catchy. i guess itís growing on me. timeless is real good though

    all in all iím very glad we got something with vocals from the boys this year
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    I like timeless alot and it makes me want more HTDA.

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    On the other hand, I maybe might dig instrumentals if they ever pop up. They kinda have a similar vibe to TMNT score.
    The vocals just isn't for me. I liked Halsey record so much more.

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    The songs sounds pretty alright. Timeless was interesting. Nothing's alright seemed kinda neat at first, but it didn't really build anywhere, it just kind of repeated. I'm not sure if I'd give it a second shot though.

    But I'm confused about one thing......this is a virtual band? Kind of like Gorillaz was an animated band?

    I'm not sure I really understand what's happening fully, but I did quite like Timeless as a song.

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    I wonder if there's some story telling going on here, like AI becoming sentient or self-aware, just based on the lyric "I sure might be a fake thing." Could be wrong, idk. If the music or presentation becomes interesting, I'll pay more attention

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    Pretty boring if I'm being honest. I feel like I hear this sort of thing at work all the time. If this is some grand experiment on their end, it's not off to a good start.

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    Spent more time with the tracks and I have a couple more thoughts: first, I wonder how much of this was ruined by Apple (and whoever else) just ANNOUNCING the credits, and second, a Sitek, NIN, Tobacco, HM collaboration should sound better than this.

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    Hm. The music is fine, I guess, not particularly exciting (Timeless is definitely better than Nothing's Alright imo). I'm really not big on the AI imagery, though - and it is AI imagery to at least some degree, because you can see the telltale AI mangling on the shoes in the band "photo." The lyric video gave me that same feeling too, but I'm not sure that generative AI is at a point where it can make an entire video look that convincing, so that part might just be me projecting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorast View Post
    Hm. The music is fine, I guess, not particularly exciting (Timeless is definitely better than Nothing's Alright imo). I'm really not big on the AI imagery, though - and it is AI imagery to at least some degree, because you can see the telltale AI mangling on the shoes in the band "photo." The lyric video gave me that same feeling too, but I'm not sure that generative AI is at a point where it can make an entire video look that convincing, so that part might just be me projecting.
    i think the vid might be generated but the lyrics were added by a human cause thatíd easily get fucked up by ai

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_guyet View Post
    Spent more time with the tracks and I have a couple more thoughts: first, I wonder how much of this was ruined by Apple (and whoever else) just ANNOUNCING the credits, and second, a Sitek, NIN, Tobacco, HM collaboration should sound better than this.
    how would we ever know if it wasnít for the credits lol everyone is quiet about it (i presume to highlight the ďactualĒ members of this group aka the AI)

    they couldíve added just the band name if that was a problem i think

    also this took us a month to find anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_guyet View Post
    Spent more time with the tracks and I have a couple more thoughts: first, I wonder how much of this was ruined by Apple (and whoever else) just ANNOUNCING the credits, and second, a Sitek, NIN, Tobacco, HM collaboration should sound better than this.
    I have not heard the songs yet, I've been sick and barely moving, but the very first thing I thought of when I read this post was the reason given for the tapeworm project falling through.

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    Would this be the collaborative project that's been mentioned has been stoking the fire of Trent's creativity?

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    I might be coping here but I'm smelling a huge trolling or maybe... a ARG.

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