Lil Tiger - A​.​I. (San Francisco, USA)

from LOVE OR FREEDOM - songs around the world by Diana Rosalind

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Another Lil Tiger song that would be very difficult to recreate in a new recording due to the analogue oddities that we employed. A.I. was highly dependant on a piece of vintage kit that Tim Mooney had lying around: the Optigan, kind of an early electronic keyboard that used film discs to play pre-recorded loops and riffs which were then pitched according to which note was pressed.

The restrictions inherent in the instrument also reflect on the lyrical musing over whether or not machines would one day be able to have independent existence. I remember I'd had a big argument on this topic with the painter Felix Macnee, who maintained that it was possible. I said it wasn't, that there would always be some fundamental difference, call it spontaneity. I didn't fare that well in the argument and so I wrote this song as my version of what I wished I'd said at the time.

lyrics

A.I.

human wants to be a god-man
and make a man-machine
certain he can someday somehow
make it do something
more than think

i wonder, can he make it feel?
i wonder, would it lie and steal?
could it ever re-invent the wheel?
i wonder, can it ever be real?

scientist, philosopher
mechanic of the soul
tries with pliers and
copper wires
to build a living doll

i wonder, can he make it cry?
i wonder, would it wonder "why"?
could it ever fall in love and sigh?
i wonder, can he make it die?
i wonder, can he make it feel?
i wonder, could it ever be real?

credits

from LOVE OR FREEDOM - songs around the world, released November 2, 2014
Tim Mooney - drums, Optigan keyboards
Michael Belfer - guitars, noises
Joe Goldring - bass, engineering at Pigshead Studio,San Francisco
Diana Trimble - vocals
Produced by Craig Silvey and Lil Tiger at Toast Studios, San Francisco
1999
Remastered by Kai Schlünz, Katapult Tonstudio, Karlsruhe, Germany
2014

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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