‘Alpha Go’ is the follow up to the recent ‘Spooky Party’ and was recorded and self – produced in the duos studio in New York. The new single will be digitally available at all major outlets and is an indication of what to expect from SRP’s forthcoming album ‘R.U.R.’ which is set for release in December.
‘Alpha Go’ is inspired by the recent defeat of the world Go champion by a Google developed AI called AlphaGo Master. This version was quickly replaced by AlphaGo Zero, an AI that unlike its predecessor required no input of human knowledge. The entire song consists of a match between two melodies, an airy and abstract one representing AI and a more emotional and intense one representing humans. The abstract melody, taking unexpected radical turns, is delivered by a steady paced human voice sample with nimble precision. The emotional melody, jittery and reactive to the challenging chords of the AI voice, is delivered by a piano, played skillfully, but full of frustration.
Originally the solo project of Dave Liang, the Shanghai Restoration Project were initially inspired by the 1930s Shanghai jazz bands. Earlier work combined Chinese instrumentation with hip-hop as Liang had done some producing within P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Label. Shanghai Restoration Project first came to the public’s attention during the 2008 Olympics inBeijing when the BBC featured tracks from their debut album as theme music during their broadcast coverage.
In 2011 Liang met Sun Yunfan, a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in China, and they began working together – initially on album covers and music videos and later on songwriting and production. Together their influences have expanded to include the likes of Gil Gilberto, Orchestra Baobab, Erik Satie, Mahmoud Ahmed, SCSI-9, Bullion and the late Susumu Yokota. Last year they co-wrote and produced the album ‘Life Elsewhere’ with Chinese jazz singer Zhang Le, which was well received in China and nominated for several national awards. The forthcoming R.U.R. album is the first record the two have officially released together as Shanghai Restoration Project.
They have now been streamed over 20 million times to date, been featured on the BBC, NPR, The New York Times, Last Call with Carson Daly and they’ve performed over 100 live shows around the world in places such as NYC, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Moscow, and The Great Wall of China.
Shanghai Restoration Project are set to announce further live shows later this year to coincide with the release of the new album. More details to follow.