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Icehouse Use AI To Remaster Early Music Videos

The | May 28, 2024

Icehouse have released remastered versions of their earliest music videos, which they polished up with the assistance of artificial intelligence.

In a post shared on Facebook, the iconic Aussie rockers revealed they used the AI-based upscaling program UpscalarAI to process the videos, and as far as they’re concerned, “they look better than ever!”

Thus far, Icehouse have shared six of their AI-enhanced music videos, most of which come from their retroactively self-titled debut album, which they originally released under the moniker Flowers in October 1980. In addition to the videos for all five original singles from that LP – Can’t Help Myself, We Can Get Together, Walls and the titular Icehouse – they’ve shared a glossed-up version of the standalone cut Love In Motion.

Have a look at the new version of the video for Can’t Help Myself below, then compare it to the original:

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Icehouse also confirmed that more AI-upscaled videos are on the way, revealing plans to release new versions of the videos for singles from their second album, 1982’s Primitive Man, in “a few weeks’ time”.

The use of AI in music has been a hot-button issue as of late. Last month, for example, Pink Floyd spurred controversy when they awarded £100,000 to a fan who had entered their music video competition using clips generated by an AI program. James Blunt also stated recently that he was “humiliated” and “mortified” by an AI version of his music, while Nick Cave called an AI song based on his style “bullshit” and criticised it as being a “grotesque mockery of what it is to be human”.

Meanwhile, just last week, Icehouse were announced as one of the bands performing at this year’s Night At The Barracks festival in Manly. Head here for more info on all of their upcoming tour dates.

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