Their team name is an ironic nod to Brexit. The artists hope the UK and the EU will jam together again one day.

Team Brentry

Country: United Kingdom
Song: Hope Rose High
Team members: Nancy Carlisle and Tom Collins

On the internet: blogpost, Spotify

proof of the countless possibilities

Hope Rose High is a product of Tom Collins' determination. He initially worked with someone else, but this project was stranded in mid-March when the corona pandemic broke out and everyone in Europe was urged to stay indoors as much as possible.

Collins, a lecturer in music technology at the University of York, decided to turn this unfortunate situation into an opportunity, and brought in his spouse, Nancy Carlisle. They flipped open their laptops, and in a matter of days created an AI Song Contest entry based on the same data that Collins had used in his first collaboration. The result is a totally different song using the same source material – proof of the countless possibilities offered by AI.

‘This contest broadens our understanding of what AI can and cannot do.’

jam together again one day

One big motivation for Collins’ participation in the AI Song Contest was his annoyance about what is being sold to us as AI: songs on YouTube supposedly generated by this technology, but actually made by people to a large extent. All fine, but be transparent about it, he says. He thinks this contest is necessary and good, because it broadens our understanding of what AI can and cannot do. 

Nancy Carlisle, who in daily life is an assistant professor in Psychology at Lehigh University and on sabbatical at the University of York, tweaked the AI-generated melody, chords and drum parts into a ballad, while Collins wrote the bassline, which seemed more or less implied by the AI materials. The text was also created by AI, but the combination, instrumentation and production of these materials comes from Collins and Carlisle. Their team name, Brentry, is an ironic nod to Brexit. Collins hopes the UK and the EU will jam together again one day.

lyrics of 'Hope Rose High'

[Verse 1]
Fell here with no other hope in hell
It is the only place I have called home
A journey to me, honestly
Hope I, can make it last this in mind

[Pre-Chorus]
And I hope you realized what you meant to me
Oh, when it rains it pours, I can feel the salty pleasure

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[Chorus]
I hope you travel far
I hope you get back someday
The world grows colder my friends
Hope rose high, bore the pain

[Verse 2]
Hollywood looks so pretty from here
I hope she knows the sunrise tomorrow
Is meant for us to see
Its a big empty without her

[Pre-Chorus]
Hope to prove all dead wrong
For him to come back again

[Chorus]
I hope you travel far
I hope you get back someday
The world grows colder my friends
Hope rose high, bore the pain

[Bridge]
If time stands still let me know
Then the mist will dance

[Chorus]
I hope you travel far
I hope you get back someday
The world grows colder my friends
Hope rose high, bore the pain