Wednesday, July 1, 1998 Published at 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
To the beat of the byte
Philippa Forrester meets Gershwyn in the flesh
It may not have the pin-up style good looks to sell a million records, nor does it have the personal charm to entice thousands of teeny-boppers.
But when it comes to making music, Gershwyn could have what it takes to be the latest of pop sensations.
And Gershwyn already has one project to its name. The London-based group, Manus, which is made up of the four younger brothers of pop star Elvis Costello, have volunteered to give Gershwyn a go at mixing their new single, Star.
The musical-minded robot's version of Star will be put to test alongside a mix done by human record producer, Patrick Moore.
Gershwyn's creator, Professor Kevin Warwick, said: "The experiment with Gershwyn and Manus has shown that machines can be creative. They can offer us different ideas from humans, and this is something not everyone understands."
However, Gershwyn is said to work in a similar way to a human record producer, "learning" what makes a hit record by "listening" to examples of previous hit songs, which are then stored in its memory.
And to avoid every pop singer's fear - being accused of having singles that all sound the same - Gershwyn is able to judge which type of mix best suits a particular track.
Tomorrow's World presenter Philippa Forrester, said she was taken aback at the idea of Gershwyn producing a pop song: "You'd think that it couldn't be possible for a robot to produce a pop single - surely that relies on subjectivity and feelings."
"I think it's going to be a matter of taste between the two of them. I don't think one is ever going to replace the other completely," he said.
But to be on the safe side, Manus are releasing the CD single of Star to include both theirs and Gershwyn's versions of the song.
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