Artificial intelligence ignites a new crisis due to the cloning of the “Nightingale” voice

2023-05-25 18:08:10

Artificial intelligence technology caused a new artistic crisis, after the voice of the late Nightingale Abdel Halim Hafez was used in songs by the artist Amr Diab by a design consultant, engineer Mohamed Shukry El Khouly.

In the details, El-Khouly used the voice of the late artist Abdel Halim Hafez in a group of songs by singer Amr Diab.

In this regard, Al-Khouli says that the project is completely unofficial and is under testing, explaining, on his official Facebook page, that the purpose of the project is scientific research and development and keeping pace with global development, and that the use of the Nightingale’s voice is only an initial preliminary experiment.

He added that all artists’ rights as melodies and lyrics are reserved to them, also highlighting that the image of the nightingale was made by artificial intelligence and does not exist in reality.

“Failed and very bad experience”

On the other hand, Muhammad Shabana, the son of the Nightingale’s brother, issued a statement on his Facebook page, in which he said: “During the past days, some attempts were made to use my uncle Abdel Halim’s voice with artificial intelligence technology and superimpose it on modern songs, and it was a failed and very bad experience.”

And he continued: “We will take legal measures against the perpetrator, because this is a distortion of the history and message of my uncle, the artist Abdel Halim Hafez, and therefore any person, entity or company that will do this act will be subject to legal accountability, and we will take all deterrent measures against it.”

And he added, “Abdul Halim’s voice is purely owned by his family without anyone else, and everyone should be careful not to circulate these offensive clips, and if the family wants to use this technology one day, it will be of the highest degree of quality, craftsmanship, and technology to enjoy the lovers of the brown nightingale, and this will be with the satisfaction of his fans and lovers.” If he asks us to do so, and God is the Grantor of success.”

Legal procedures.. and the implementation of the idea is possible

In a special statement to “Sky News Arabia”, Muhammad Shabana said: “We will take all legal measures against this person, because the matter is very offensive and against the history of Abdel Halim and his artistic message, and no one may tamper with his voice because it belongs only to his family and not to anyone.”

When asked about the possibility of their consent to use his voice using artificial intelligence technology, Shabana replied: “If this technology reaches the highest level of quality and professionalism, and we asked Abdel Halim’s audience to experiment and we confirmed the final form of the work, then it is possible for us to think about this matter.”

Revival of the artistic heritage!

This was not the first time that artificial intelligence technology was used to reproduce symbols of art. Composer Amr Mostafa previously announced a song composed by Mrs. Umm Kulthum, explaining that this is a revival of artistic heritage.

However, music critic and historian Ashraf Abdel Rahman demanded, in previous statements to Sky News Arabia, that legal measures be taken by the Syndicate of Musical Professions to stop this distortion, “because we must leave the greats who left us with their immortal works to remain in their splendor,” noting that this is considered “ digging in the graves.”

And he talked about concerts that used hologram technology and the difference between it and the use of artificial intelligence to evoke the voice of Umm Kulthum or artists in general, as he explained that the technology depends on formal use and there is no manipulation of sound, melodies or words, but rather the embodiment of the artists of the beautiful time on The stage.

He pointed out that this gives a good impression on the spectator: “I see that there is no objection to it, and it is a positive use, but the use of artificial intelligence technology and sound manipulation is distortion. Sound, words and melodies are basic vocabulary that should not be manipulated.”

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