by Michael Ho

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algorithm, machine learning, music, pop, robot, trance

DailyDirt: Making Sweet Music

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

Plenty of people complain about how pop music sounds formulaic and that several boy bands seem to be manufactured with minimal variations between them. Someday soon, though, computer algorithms might create more pop music than humans can even attempt to compose. Here are just a few steps towards a world filled with machine-made music. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Chancius, Apr 12th, 2012 @ 5:12pm

    I read about some of these before...

    ...and I can tell you that the first thing I'd do is record music with as many mistakes and leave in as many natural outtakes as possible. Of course, this is already happening for the most part in main stream music today which is a big reason why the music industry is flailing. It's the same reason Nirvana hit so big when they came out and why The Beatles were so good. Even though Nevermind was over produced, their unplugged album left all the scratchy, humanity in and The Beatles producer and engineer left a lot of mistakes in their recordings.

    In fact, I once heard an all covers album of Beatles tunes that was auto tuned and sounded terrible! To be IN harmony with something you have to be different while TRYING to be the same, not the same being the same! All the vocals were auto-tuned and trying to sing with each other which produced a chalk on blackboard type experience!

    Free album download at

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 12th, 2012 @ 7:17pm

    It is a little generous to call computer composition "music" judging by the results I have heard so far.

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    Ed C., Apr 12th, 2012 @ 9:31pm

    Well duh...

    Using a 'Hit Potential Equation', computers can analyze pop singles and predict future hit tracks.

    Considering that today's "pop singles" are practically formulized, that's hardly a stretch.

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    Piano, Apr 12th, 2012 @ 10:17pm

    "Yet another job that robots are going to take away from humans.... "

    Well, they can tune a piano but I bet they can't tuna fish.

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    Pixelation, Apr 12th, 2012 @ 10:22pm

    Comment being held for moderation

    My last post said, "Comment being held for moderation ". What's happening? Copyright cops on the case?

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    Kevin (profile), Apr 13th, 2012 @ 7:37am

    For my next song, Robbie the robot

    One thing that no computer has nor will have and that is imagination.
    None of these tools are any good without the human mind.

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 13th, 2012 @ 2:16pm

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 12th, 2012 @ 7:17pm

    Just wait until computers start suing each other for IP infringement because a few of the notes are similar

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