In collaboration with Rhino Entertainment, Endel’s AI technology reimagines the classic song as soundscapes for focus, relaxation, and sleep.
Roberta Flack’s Grammy-award winning recording is frequently listed as one of the greatest songs of all time by the likes of Rolling Stone magazine. Her version is the definitive interpretation of a song that has been commercially covered more than 130 times, including the iconic 1996 version by The Fugees. Now this timeless song can be experienced in a completely new way – reconfigured by Endel as soundscapes designed to support daily life.
Together with Rhino Entertainment and Roberta Flack, Endel has released three soundscape albums built from the original stems of “Killing Me Softly With His Song:” one for focus and productivity, the second for relaxation, and a third for sleep. Based on scientific principles, each album has a distinct sonic style according to its function, and is woven with instantly recognisable vocals and sounds from Flack’s original song.
Respectfully repurposing the wealth of sounds in Flack’s original recording via AI, these soundscapes bring out entirely new facets of the beloved classic, showing how powerful and surprising it can be when well-known tracks are transformed into functional soundscapes. Fans will experience the rolling bass, haunting vocals, and other elements in a whole new way.
Oleg Stavitsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Endel says about the collaboration: “Roberta Flack’s song is a Soul masterpiece, and this is the first time that Endel has reworked a classic song in this way. We strived to treat the source material with utmost respect and wanted to create something special for the song’s 50th anniversary. We love the end result and we see this as further proof that Endel can create functional music that benefits both artists and their listeners.”
Roberta’s personal manager, Suzanne Koga adds: “Roberta has always believed in the power of music to shape and inspire change. In 2010 when she created the Roberta Flack Foundation, she never dreamed of a world where she could participate in a functional music program that could help people improve the quality of their lives. The new frontiers of AI and functional music give Roberta a new door of opportunity to step through as a part of the future of music and technology in a way that helps the world to grow.”
These three releases in collaboration with Rhino Entertainment are further fruits from Endel’s strategic partnership with Warner Music Group (WMG), with Endel reworking iconic music past and present from the group’s illustrious catalog into functional music.
More reimagined classics from Rhino Entertainment will follow, with Endel releasing three new functional versions of WAR’s seminal 1972 album “The World Is a Ghetto”, on November 10th. This special release will be part of the album’s 50th year anniversary celebrations, and will be transformed into sleep, relaxation, and lofi beats soundscapes.