November 27, 2022

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Holly Herndon covers Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” with AI: Listen

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Holly Herndon has released a new cover of Dolly Parton’s classic ballad ‘Jolene’, recorded using artificial intelligence. The AI ​​cover was created using Herndon’s deepfake “twin” Holly+, which allows other humans to sing with the electronic composer’s voice. In this case, a modified score of “Jolene” consisting of new harmonies was fed into Holly+ and then generated into Herndon’s voice. The voice is accompanied by Ryan Norris on guitar. Listen below.

The track comes with a new music video directed by digital artist Sam Rolfes. For the visuals, Rolfes used motion capture technology to animate a 3D model of Herndon spinning in a desk chair before getting up to sing. The entire performance takes place in a glittering pastoral world filled with old trucks and farmhouses. Check it out below.

Herndon’s latest album, Proto, was released in May 2019. In July 2021, she announced Holly+ with an interactive website that allowed users to process their own audio files with the vocal model. Earlier this year, Herndon and her partner Mat Dryhurst launched Spawning, an organization dedicated to “developing tools for artist ownership of their training data.” Her first project,, debuted in September.

Read Pitchfork’s feature “Will AI Lead to New Creative Frontiers, or Take the Pleasure Out of Music?”


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