DailyDirt: Computer Generated Music

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The amount of music in the world is growing every minute — it’s not even possible for a single person to listen to every song within a normal lifespan. Luckily, no one would really want to listen to every song, but technology is accelerating the process of creating music with algorithms that can compose songs faster than any human musician and robots that can play non-stop. If virtual monkeys can re-create Shakespeare (albeit in short snippets), it’s only a matter of time before virtual musicians are churning out pop hits. Here are just a few recent accomplishments of our new robot musician overlords.

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ken (profile) says:

Computer Generated Copyrights?

Lets say someone produces an algorithm that produces billions of different tunes? Would all those tunes be under copyright? That person could put any song written after that through a music camparator and if there are any matches could he sue for copyright infringement?

On the flip side could any existing songs that matches any of the tunes make the person liable for copyright infringement?

Anonymous Coward says:

Don't need no stinkin' robots!

I was under the impression that pretty much all pop radio content was already being churned out by individuals who can at best claim that they’re virtually musicians. And the aforementioned virtual monkeys are already employed in the nation’s capital combining, in amusing ways, their infinite short snippets into the laws the govern the nation. It seems somewhat doubtful that these monkeys have any interest in attempting anything as mundane as recreating the works of Shakespeare.

The system we currently have is at least half as good as anything robots could accomplish, and serves fairly adequately to keep those who are of immediate danger to themselves and others off the streets at night. Why consider changing it to employ actual robots?

Doug D (profile) says:

Synergy / Larry Fast

This reminds me of the oldest album (vinyl LP) I have that includes assembly language source code.

Larry Fast’s “Synergy” project is an old (as far back as 1970s era) effort in computer/electronic music. Most of the stuff, he composed the music and programmed old computers (eg. Apple ][ with tons of custom MIDI hardware) to perform it.

But at least once, he instead programmed the computer to compose the music.


It doesn’t exactly sound great. The album is sometimes colloquially referred to as “Pink Noise”. But it came with (at least some) source code!

(I never tried to type in enough to get something to work. As I recall, it’s all Apple ][ assembly language source code, 6502 or whatever, and back in those days I went from Z80 to 8086 myself.)

Tex Arcana (profile) says:

Dear Darwin Tunes:

You have been found in violation of Genetic Patent #1,475,098,537,956,875,836.b. Please report to the nearest detention center for removal of the offending gene and any growths that emanated as a result of said patented gene and any hybrid or unapproved mutation, as set forth in the Disney Proclamation of 2012.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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