Now for something entirely different – Can a Computer be Vivaldi?

Posted: January 9, 2014 in Commentary, Inspiration, Miscellaneous, Random Thoughts, Science
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I happened to be listening to a fascinating book that among other things has a discussion on how algorithms combined with powerful high-speed computing have affected our world. The consequences of unleashing powerful algorithms to make real world decisions affecting millions of people without any human intervention (because of the speed at which the decisions based on the algorithm take place) should give every thoughtful person pause. That is not, however, the reason for this post.

David Cope, a computer scientist, composer and otherwise very smart guy worked to create a computer program (actually several) that is more or less able to produce “new” and brilliant works in the style of long dead composers. He has created a storm of controversy with his works (no surprise there). I just listened to one of his “Vivaldi” works and truth be told, it is quite lovely. Judge it yourself at: http://youtu.be/2kuY3BrmTfQ/.

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