The original music video for Soundgardens”Black hole sun” – released in 1994 and directed by Howard Greenhalgh – was very strange. However, that didn’t stop an AI from generating a new clip with even creepier results.
Made by Midjourney (an “independent research laboratory exploring new media of thought and expanding the imaginative powers of the human species”), the program essentially turned each of the song’s lyrics into a beautiful representational image.
At first glance, it may not sound too aggressive. But given that the path contains lines like “Call my name / Through the cream / And I’ll hear you scream again“and”In disguise no one knows / Hides the face / Lies the snake“, there was a lot of potential for the software to produce something truly terrible.
And that’s exactly what it did. Well, to be more precise, the AI invented images that are both completely nightmarish and awe-inspiringly dreamlike. For example, there are numerous glimpses of wistful ominous faces, as well as beautiful landscapes, apocalyptic skylines and Lovecraftian depictions of monsters.
From start to finish, the footage provides breathtakingly vivid and varied glimpses into heaven, hell and everything in between. (If we didn’t know better, we’d swear much of it was done by 18th-century painter/poet William Blake.)
Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first time the show has visually recreated classic rock and metal songs, as it created equally captivating clips for Metallicas”Enter Sandman” and Blue Oyster Cult‘s”Fear not the Reaper” back in September 2022.
That said, “Black Hole Sun” might be its magnum opus so far, and you can watch the entire collage below:
Midjourney AI’s music video for Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”
Which of AI’s videos do you like best? Let us know!
15 Rock Songs That Are Actually Really Creepy
A rock song that is unequivocally creepy can certainly be unsettling. But what about the kind of melody that sneaks up on you with its creepiness? It can have a sunny melody or what seems like a simple lovelorn lyric. Yet something more deceptively sinister lurks beneath the surface. Here are just a few examples of rock songs that are actually really creepy.