April 2, 2024

Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter Album Challenges The Growing Trend Of AI In Music Production

Cowboy Carter

Beyoncé’s latest album, “Cowboy Carter,” holds a bold statement in the ongoing dialogue about the role of AI in music production. 

Beyoncé’s Use Of Traditional Methods 

Beyoncé emphasized her commitment to authenticity in music creation in a rare public comment. 

She clearly preferred real instruments and traditional methods over artificial intelligence and digital manipulation. 

“The more I see the world evolving the more I felt a deeper connection to purity,” Beyoncé said in a press release.

“With AI and digital filters and programming, I wanted to go back to real instruments, and I used very old ones… All the songs were so organic and human, everyday things like the wind, snaps, and even the sound of birds and chickens, the sounds of nature.”

Cowboy Carter

“Cowboy Carter” delves into themes of artistic theft and cultural appropriation, indirectly addressing the issue of AI in music. 

The album pays tribute to the foundational contributions of Black musicians to country music—a genre often misattributed exclusively to Southern white culture. 

The title, a reference to both Beyoncé’s marital name and the Carters of country music fame, hints at commentary on appropriation within the industry.

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.