Tag: Music

An Open Letter to Big Content

Posted by – November 5, 2009

Dear music, movie, TV, publishing, and whatever other content industries there may be,

I do not need you. Your wares are not so addictive that you can extort anything from me that you wish, secure in the knowledge that I cannot live without you. Fear me, for I am a nerd, and I will write your future with the technologies I create. Embrace my change, and you will enjoy ever grander success. Fight my change, and you will fade into a distant memory that most are eager to forget.

With love, Ryan

Experiments in Musical Idiots

Posted by – November 3, 2009

“Emily Howell” is a computer program that composes high-quality music. That notwithstanding, Emily is not an intelligent being; she’s just a program that’s backed by a database. That database must be created by a human, and the data provided shapes the music that results. Though rather unlike any other tool for composition, it is nevertheless a tool to be used by humans.

So, of course, there is controversy. Composers reject “her” compositions because they feel music is innately human; performers can’t play it for fear of tarnishing their reputation. Frankly, I don’t understand how these brilliant composers could sound so very much like idiots. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.