Music Evolves: Survival of the Catchiest
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  • Emerson

    This music has been around for decades. It’s usually called things like Minimlism, Avant-Gard Classical, and Modern Classical.

  • Todd Fletcher

    Computers have been able to string together words to make poems for decades, but I don’t think Homer has anything to fear. Same thing here.

  • Jim.

    You know, this may not be a bad inspiration-shop. The first “Variations on a Theme by Windows 7” may be tongue-in-cheek, but I would be surprised if a talented composer couldn’t turn it into something worthwhile.

  • John

    I continue to not understand the enthusiasm of WRM (or whoever is writing these post) about this stuff. How can anyone actually think that making more and more humans obsolete and redundant is a good thing?

  • Kris

    [email protected]: Darn that Edmund Cartwright!

  • Gary L

    As usual, George Orwell’ 1984 anticipated it all: “And the Ministry had not only to supply the multifarious needs of the party, but also to repeat the whole operation at a lower level for the benefit of the proletariat. There was a whole chain of separate departments dealing with proletarian literature, music, drama, and entertainment generally. Here were produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator.

    Later in the book, Winston Smith in his hide-out at Mr. Charrington’s shop, hears a female prole belting out a recent versificator hit:

    It was only an ‘opeless fancy.
    It passed like an Ipril dye,
    But a look an’ a word an’ the dreams they stirred
    They ‘ave stolen my ‘eart awye!

    Emerson goes:
    This music has been around for decades. It’s usually called things like Minimlism [sic] , Avant-Gard [sic] Classical, and Modern Classical

    I’m an avid consumer of Minimalism and Modern Classical in general, except the stuff I listen to is generally attributed to such human agents such as Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, John Adams, etc., and not to sundry software programs.

    Arthur C. Clarke once noted that since computers were now able to compose music, hopefully someone would soon design a computer that could listen to it as well, thus relieving humans of the task.

  • John


    I especially like it when people use erroneous historical examples to justify their positions. Guess what – this time it is different, as there is somehow a signifficant difference between not-very-scalable tools that still require humans to opperate them and Artificial Intelligence that can serve the whole world via Internet connection. And that, accidentally, in the future may require no human oversight or any interaction at all.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: The higher the productivity, the greater the overall wealth; that be good. As you mention in a comment in another post, we will most definitely need to deal with the societal repercussions. Fine; I’d rather deal with the problems of wealth than the alternative. Not easy, but simple.

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