Musician Holly Herndon Demoes AI Voice Transfer: “Spawning is 21st Century Sampling—with Big Implications”

Hot off demoing AI voice transfer in a performance context at Barcelona’s Sónar Festival, American artist and musician Holly Herndon muses on vocalization through a machine learning process she calls ‘Spawning.’ “Unlike sampling, which is a reproduction of sounds sampled from a recording, Spawning is the ability to create works in the likeness of others by interacting with a [voice] model trained on them,” Herndon writes on Twitter. It’s “21st century sampling, with big implications.”

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