INTERVIEW: Sagans presents Coherence

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This bio of Sagans has been generated by OpenAI GPT-3 and Codex:

The group known as the Sagans is made up of music artists, graphic designers, and AI researchers who create music and visual effects with the help of AI.

The group was formed in 2022 and consists of members from all over the world. The AI Collective is dedicated to creating new and innovative ways to create music and visual effects, and believes that artificial intelligence is the key to unlocking new creative possibilities, something that is truly unique and expressive.

We have had the pleasure of interviewing them and this has been the result.


How would you present your work to someone who doesn’t know you?
We aim to create new and innovative ways to make music and visuals, and we believe that artificial intelligence is the key to unlocking new creative possibilities, something that is truly unique and expressive.
And your last job? Where is it born? And where do you want to lead?
How was your last project born?
“Coherence” is the first track ever released by this project. It’s about the lack of coherence in the big cities, the eternal search for a meaning. The song has been composed at the same time as the music video, all the process being in collaboration with AI algorithms. The result is kind of unique and this is the first step of a deep experimentation journey using AI.
What message would you like to convey to the public?
What do you want to convey in this work? What is the concept behind?
Our vision was not only on the music side but also on the visual side. We wanted this track to go with the AI music video. We had a specific objective in mind: when someone will watch the music video, this person has to get a human emotion, feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated – questioning the place of the human artist versus machine. The music composition has to be at the service of this specific end goal.
As for your studio, what is it currently composed of?
I used to have a lot of instruments in my studio but I understood that the less is more. I now have only one soundcard, a MacBook, a midi keyboard, 2 vintage synths and one modular synth mainly for effects.
What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?
I do all the main melodic elements with only one synthesizer: my Yamaha CS-60. It is basically one half of the Yamaha CS-80, it is still very rare but not as big and not as expensive. There is a pitch ribbon on it as well as mono channel after touch, this is all I’m asking from my main instrument, something expressive with a very special sound.

What was the last record store you visited? And what did you salvage from there?
I passed by Stranger than paradise in Hackney the other day and got Arca kick iiii, amazing record.
Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?
Music is so interesting at the moment. There are so many different popular genres existing at the exact same time. Sagans is an independent project and will remain an independent project – I guess it shows what we think about the future of the music industry, artists need to become more and more independent, the digital revolution allows you to be seen by anyone as long as your work is relevant.
Can you reveal some future projects to us?
We are already working on the next tracks and the associated videos. We really want to work on something never done before – involving a lot of AI research and a lot of experimentation. On the side we are also working with other music artists on their music videos. We don’t want to be a music project only, we want to create anything for anyone as long as there is a real meaning behind the work.


What makes you happy?                                    
Simple things really: spending some time with my friends, family, watching astronomy videos, science vulgarization, great movies (“Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” being the latest one I’ve watched)



Written by: Alejandro Serrano

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