Grimes has spoken out about the changing landscape of the digital world and its possible effect on music in a recent interview.
Appearing on Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast, the artist (who currently goes by c, the symbol for the speed of light) spoke about how new technology changes the way art is produced and enjoyed, and foresaw that a society increasingly chasing perfection with the help of digital tools will eventually see the demise of real-life performances.
“I think live music is going to be obsolete soon,” c predicted. “People are actually just gravitating towards the clean, finished, fake world. Everyone wants to be in a simulation. They don’t actually want the real world. Even if they think they do and everyone’s like, ‘Yeah, cool, live music!’ if you actually look at actual numbers of things, everyone’s gravitating towards the shimmery perfected Photoshop world.”
Speaking of the possibility of a post-live music era, c reflected on her own experience performing and suggested that the change might not be such a bad thing: “as a performer, I hate the potential of failure in front of a giant audience.”
The 31-year-old also theorised about the creative takeover of artificial intelligence and the end of human art as we know it.
“Once there’s actually AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), they’re gonna be so much better at making art than us… once AI can totally master science and art, which could happen in the next 10 years, probably more like 20 or 30 years.”
Recently announcing that her fifth studio album, ‘Miss_Anthropocene’ would drop in February, the Canadian producer concluded that the new record “sounds less like other music” but it is her “best work for sure”.