Excessive-tech Japan makes use of AI in tune to welcome pope .
TOKYO (Reuters) – Few elements of life escape the contact of excessive tech in cutting-edge Japan, together with an official tune written to welcome Pope Francis when he visits Japan from Saturday.
Written by Jun Inoue, the tune, “Protect all Life – The Signs of the Times”, is predicated on the theme of the pope’s Japan go to and was partly composed utilizing a man-made intelligence (AI)-powered programme Inoue created that may write a bit of music in a couple of seconds.
Inoue, a producer and composer who has written for high bands comparable to Arashi, and is Catholic, stated he agonised over utilizing the AI programme however lastly determined to incorporate it as a result of the historical past of music and expertise have been intertwined.
“I thought I should give everything I had to the song, so I decided to put in all the cutting-edge technology I had,” he instructed Reuters. He shares composing credit score with “Amadeus Code AI”.
The tune, which was written on the behest of the Catholic Bishops’ Convention of Japan, might be performed at plenty within the metropolis of Nagasaki in addition to Tokyo and is available in a number of variations, together with instrumental and karaoke.
There are additionally dance steps and stylised hand gestures which might be the Japanese signal language model of the lyrics, with a educating video posted on the official web site for the pope’s go to. Inoue hopes worshippers on the public plenty, to be held at stadiums, will sing and dance together with the tune.
Whereas the footwork is straightforward, consisting of side-to-side steps in time to the music, the signal language could take a bit extra time to grasp.
“There are a lot of people who live in a world without sound, and I would like them too to understand the meaning of the lyrics and the message,” Inoue stated.
Theme songs for papal visits have been composed earlier than. One has been unveiled for Thailand, the place Francis will go to earlier than Japan.
His go to from Nov. 23-26, which may also embrace Hiroshima, is just the second papal go to to Japan and the primary since John Paul II 38 years in the past.
(This story corrects typographical error in headline)
Writing by Elaine Lies; Modifying by Paul Tait