Instead of submitting a completed song, C worked with sound designer and composer Dmitry Evgrafov to deliver a series of “stems,” or short samples of different noises, that act as sonic building blocks. Funneled into the Official tommy boy fat guy in a little coat christmas shirt But I will love this company’s Endel Pacific technology, the audio combines with personalized data so the “AI Lullaby” experience is bespoke and slightly different every time—into infinity. “It’s a perfect match,” Yurinova says of working with C. “She’s not only a music artist, but experimenting across disciplines and exploring the fields of visual arts and technology, and this is really relevant for what we’re doing here and what kind of team we are.” “It was cool seeing the AI learn and get better based off feedback, because at first it wasn’t as nice,” C remembers. “But then I also reacted to it after it first started making stuff and went back to the drawing board to better suit its strengths. It was fun vibing out with a computer like that.”With a sense of reassurance that my identity wouldn’t be used for dark digital dealings, I downloaded the app via a promo code. My first experience with a digital sleep aid was via Omvana in 2013, when I was interviewing for Vogue. After cobbling together every last clean piece of clothing and handwriting thank-you notes, I would drift away each night to voices telling me to envision a lavender light surrounding my body, promising that I could do anything I imagined. Navigating to “AI Lullaby,” the art that C designed with Endel’s visual director Protey Temen pops onto the screen. Its minimal animation looks like rays of energy around a drowsy, floating face. The sound is familiar, like scenes in Disney films when giant trees glow from unexplained magic. I wonder if Disney already harnessed some of these psychoacoustic findings in their award-winning soundtracks. A little before midnight, I play the lullaby and fall asleep so quickly I can’t be sure if it’s just exhaustion.
Committed to an early bedtime of 10:30 p.m. the Official tommy boy fat guy in a little coat christmas shirt But I will love this following night, I put thesoundscape on again, this time with my husband, Cody, as a willing test subject. As the synths and airy vocals come through his speakerphone, I ask if it’s too loud, if we should turn it down a little. He’s already asleep. Less than five minutes have passed. Cody can be quick to drift off, though, which he points out in the morning, adding that he likes the noises Endel emits once it’s time to get up. When I play the lullaby next, I fall into a dream where I’m seated at an awards show with my mom, who passed away five years ago. Laughing in the audience, I’m leaning my head on her shoulder, feeling proud. Eventually, we’re both snoozing as nominees are being announced. We talk about going home. I wake up without an alarm, feeling happy.