Edith Piaf’s voice and image will be used to voice an animated biopic about her. 60 years after the death of the singer, her voice will be reproduced by artificial intelligence.
This was reported by Warner Music Group. The American record company, in cooperation with the production company Seriously Happy, will create a feature film about the life of the French singer called “Edith“.
Now the film is at the proof-of-concept stage.
WMG has contracted with Piaf’s descendants to use more than 100 audio recordings and videos of the singer. Artificial intelligence has been taught to reproduce the voice of Edith Piaf and has already been tried for dubbing. In particular, we used recordings of her stage and television performances, as well as recordings of the most famous songs – La Vie en rose and Non, je ne regrette rien.
The company notes that AI technology is used to enhance the authenticity and emotional impact of the story.
|Edith Piaf. Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Eric Koch / Anefo|
“The animation will offer a contemporary look at her story, and the inclusion of archival footage, stage and television performances, personal footage and television interviews will give viewers an authentic look at significant moments in Piaf’s life” – told WMG.
What is the movie “Edith” about?
The film is based on the idea of a director of French documentaries Julie Weil. She also contributed to writing the script.
The events of the tape unfold in the period from the 1920s to the 1960s. His locations were Paris and New York. Edith Piaf’s voice will tell not only about the singer’s success, but also about those aspects of her life that were previously unknown.
“Her story is one of incredible resilience, overcoming adversity and defying social norms to achieve greatness – and it’s as relevant now as it was then. Our goal is to use the latest advances in animation and technology to bring this timeless story to audiences of all ages.“, said director Julie Weil.
|Edith Piaf’s voice will tell not only about the singer’s success, but also about those aspects of her life that were previously unknown. Photo: Getty Images|
The executors of the singer’s estate, Catherine Glavas and Christie Laume, supported the creation of the film: “It was a special and moving experience to hear Edith’s voice again – thanks to the technology we felt as if we were in the room with her again. The animation is beautiful and with the help of this film we will be able to show the true side of Edith – her cheerful personality, her humor and unwavering spirit“.
How artificial intelligence is used in culture
Only recently, the strike of American actors, which lasted from July 2023, ended. The main reason for the conflict between them and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) was the use of artificial intelligence by film companies and low.
They managed to conclude a deal worth more than 1 billion dollars. It provides for an increase in minimum compensation and conditions that will protect union members from the risks of improper use of artificial intelligence.
|The Beatles band. Photo: Jeff Hochberg/Getty Images|
In addition, rock band The Beatles recently released the song Now And Then. Artificial intelligence was used in the composition, with the help of which the voice of the band’s soloist John Lennon was “raised” from the original cassette recording. The technology then helped remove the background hiss and hum of the mains that had interfered with previous attempts to complete the song.
In 1978, John Lennon recorded a demo with vocals and piano at his home in New York. After his death, the musician’s widow, Yoko Ono, gave the tape to the remaining members of the band. Since then, the band members have been trying to record the track, only recently being able to do so.
In the song Now And Then, according to the same principle, in addition to Lennon’s voice and instrumental parts, recordings of electronic and acoustic guitar performed by George Harrison were added. The parts were recorded before the death of the guitarist, back in 1996.
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