Hyperdub to release Lawrence Lek's AIDOL 爱道 soundtrack

Hyperdub is releasing the soundtrack to a visual work by Lawrence Lek in November.

AIDOL 爱道 premiered at the Sadie Coles HQ gallery last year, and has appeared at other exhibitions and festivals since. The work is a continuation of Lek’s “sinofuturist” universe, focusing on themes of China’s global ascent, artificial intelligence and technology. AIDOL 爱道 is the third chapter, about a “fading superstar” named Diva who hires an AI songwriter for a comeback performance.

The soundtrack features Hyperdub founder Kode9 playing an “unforgiving label boss,” along with spoken word from Sophie Guo, Xiaoyi Nie, Xiaoran Wu and Joni Zhu. Diva’s voice, meanwhile, was created with a vocaloid vocal synthesizer, and several songs were made in partnership with composer Seth Scott.

The album will come on vinyl as well as a limited-edition USB stick, with bilingual lyric sheets.

Watch the video for album track “Unreal,” which is adapted from the longer video installation (which you can view in full until October 18th here).

01. Intro (My Single Isn’t Finished Yet)

02. Deep Blue Monday

03. In The Game

04. Chance Encounter (Jungle Theme) feat. Seth Scott

05. Call Of Beauty

06. Welcome To SoMA feat. Seth Scott

07. Unreal

08. Superstar

09. One Nation

10. Beware Your Fans, Diva

11. Call Of Beauty (eSports Reprise)

12. Followers (Diva’s Theme)

13. Farsight’s Greatest Star

14. In My Prime (Bonus Track)

15. Apocalypse (End Credits) feat. Seth Scott

Hyperdub will release AIDOL 爱道 (OST) on November 27th, 2020.

Photo: Ilyes Griyeb (courtesy of Art Basel)