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AI makes history: music video wins “Best Animation Award”

February 6, 2024
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Source: Simon Fraser University

Key takeaways

  • At the 7th Annual California Music Video and Film Awards, Myk Eff’s AI-generated music video “Barn Burner” took home the Best Animation Award.
  • “Barn Burner” is a visual extravaganza that tells the story of an abstract illumination, conflagration, and celebration.
  • The artist will attend on Monday, February 12th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chamber eat+drink in San Francisco for the awards ceremony.

At the 7th Annual California Music Video and Film Awards, Myk Eff’s AI-generated music video “Barn Burner” took home the Best Animation Award. The electronic music video, which highlights the inventive potential of AI in creative arts, was created entirely with generative AI and features captivating visuals inspired by night and fire festivals. Additionally, the music video was a finalist for Best Sci-Fi/Horror and Fantasy and Best EDM/Dance:

“Barn Burner” is a visual extravaganza that tells the story of an abstract illumination, conflagration, and celebration. It captures the spirit of fire and music festivals with exquisitely rendered images of burning buildings and nightscapes, audio equipment covered in smoke and flames, and glowing, sparking wooden robots set in a world on fire that poetically alludes to climate change.

In the music video industry, “Barn Burner”‘s use of generative AI is a daring step forward. In addition to raising the bar for visual storytelling, the technology’s capacity to decipher and visualize complex themes in fresh and engaging ways has sparked discussions about the place of artificial intelligence (AI) in the arts and entertainment industry.

The artist will attend on Monday, February 12th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chamber eat+drink in San Francisco for the awards ceremony.

The California Music Video Awards honor some of the most inventive and exciting music videos, artists, musicians, filmmakers, films, and films of the year. They celebrate excellence and hard work. There is no denying California’s influence in the music and film industries. It’s the passion, the vision, the style, the sound, or something else at different times. That is why the California Music Video Awards were established. 

Concerning Myk Eff

Michael Filimowicz, PhD, a Senior Lecturer at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, goes by the pseudonym Myk Eff. His innovative work in artificial intelligence (AI)-generated music videos has been highlighted in numerous international journals and exhibitions. His work has been shown in multiple new media exhibitions, including IDEAS, ARTECH, Archetime, Re-New, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, and Intermedia. He also streams his digital images on the Loupe Art platform. 

Additionally, publications like Leonardo, numerous monographs like Infinite Instances and Spotlight, and a textbook called Reframing Photography (Routledge) have all included his work. He works as a Senior Lecturer at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). He has experience in audiovisual production, new media art, computer-mediated communications, and creative writing. Michael is still pushing the envelope and redefining the field of music video production with his groundbreaking investigation of AI in the creative arts.

Tobi’s angle

There is no end to the reign of Artificial Intelligence. Many months after AI’s major breakout, it is still kicking and attracting serious conversation, positioned to establish groundbreaking developments worldwide. The much-celebrated global music award ceremony Grammy was held some days back. Per reports, many A-list artists were in attendance. 

Last year, Harvey Mason Jr, CEO of the Recording Academy, which represents the Grammy Awards annually to recognize and applaud groundbreaking contributions to the music industry, said artificial intelligence might be able to pass a Wharton MBA exam but can not win a Grammy. 

Per reports garnered from the ceremony that was held yesterday, no AI music production was nominated or awarded the Grammy. However, this could change in the coming years. AI is pulling an ebullient stormbound to upset many industries—- it has started. One instance is Myk Eff’s recent achievement at the California Music Video Awards. Getting a Grammy nod now might seem out of reach for a music or music video produced by collaborating with AI. But the coming years are one to watch out for. 

With the likes of the Oscars Academy approving and celebrating incredible works produced with AI contributions, the Grammy might just find themselves recognizing groundbreaking AI musical contributions. 

Tobi Opeyemi Amure

Tobi started as a crypto writer in 2017 and became a key crypto news editor and SEO specialist at Watcher Guru in 2021, significantly boosting their traffic. He enjoys Afrobeats, R&B, and Soul music in his spare time.

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