Thursday, March 26, 2015   |   5,720 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Scientists create 'perfect' pop song

Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit:

Researchers are using natural selection to turn random sounds in to a musical masterpiece.

The study is being carried out in an effort to apply the same principals to music as we see in biological evolution. Over 100 music clips were produced for an experiment in which 7000 internet users were asked to rate how much they liked them. Computer software then combined the top rated clips to form new 'offspring' loops of music, eventually producing a 'perfect' track.

"That's how natural selection created all of life on Earth, and if blind variation and selection can do that, then we reckoned it should be able to make a pop tune," said study co-author Professor Armand Leroi.

"Just as the strongest and healthiest plants and animals pass on their good genes to future generations, researchers claim music evolves as musicians copy the best aspects of other artists' work while filtering out their less popular traits."

  View: Full article |  Source: Telegraph

  Discuss: View comments (23)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by jbondo on 21 June, 2012, 13:15
One thing most people don't realize is that music any lyric combinations are finite. Even styles have run out IMO. Frankly, I believe we are too a point where the only thing that makes music new is new people.
Comment icon #15 Posted by AmazedHuman on 21 June, 2012, 13:24
Is this like the old putting a 100 monkeys in a room with a hundred typewriters and getting a masterpiece out of it? Or whatever that last piece of crap out of the scientific world happened to be? Do these people have nothing better to do than prove how wrong they can be about things? Geez....
Comment icon #16 Posted by Junior Chubb on 21 June, 2012, 13:33
Lyric combinations and melodies are finite but I don't think we are anywhere near exhausting them. New people will always make new music (more exciting) as what is cutting edge to one generation will be 'run of the mill' to the next. Take the Beatles for example, cutting edge, creative, innovative in their day. But for the average kid of today there music is dated and more suited to TV adverts than being the soundtrack to a great night out, therefore new music needs new artists and thus new ideas.
Comment icon #17 Posted by dharma warrior on 21 June, 2012, 15:55
This "song" is actually being used at Guantanamo Bay to aid in prisoner interrogations. Amnesty International is protesting it's use as being cruel and inhumane.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Taun on 21 June, 2012, 16:03
I thought that was "I Love You" - by Barney
Comment icon #19 Posted by Junior Chubb on 21 June, 2012, 17:15
That is a whole new thread in itself, 'Songs so bad they can be used to break the will of a man for interrogation'
Comment icon #20 Posted by Taun on 21 June, 2012, 17:55
We sort of have one already...
Comment icon #21 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 21 June, 2012, 23:08
WARNING WARNING don't listen to it or you will be brain washed into a mindless zombie WARNING WARNING
Comment icon #22 Posted by sarah snow on 23 June, 2012, 3:51
LOL, it (the perfect song) instantly reminded me of that episode from 'Buck Rogers in the 21st Century' where the music was dull on arrival
Comment icon #23 Posted by omerta on 25 June, 2012, 4:23
All pop music is soulless crap.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

Other news in this category
Japan to build giant 250-mile-long seawall
Posted 3-25-2015 | 25 comments
The enormous four-storey high structure has been designed to protect the coast against tsunamis....
Can gold be extracted from human waste ?
Posted 3-24-2015 | 30 comments
Scientists have proposed a rather unorthodox way of prospecting for gold and other valuable metals....
Hadron Collider could find parallel universes
Posted 3-23-2015 | 27 comments
Cern's atom smasher is about to resume operations in an attempt to detect miniature black holes....
Boeing developing 'Star Wars' force fields
Posted 3-23-2015 | 11 comments
The aerospace giant has been granted a patent for a way to shield against explosion shockwaves....
NASA developing plane with 18 propellers
Posted 3-22-2015 | 8 comments
A new experimental aircraft has been designed to demonstrate the viability of battery-powered planes....
Woolly mammoth cloning project has begun
Posted 3-17-2015 | 56 comments
Scientists have extracted the DNA of a well-preserved mammoth in a first step towards creating a clone....
Study claims that there are too many studies
Posted 3-16-2015 | 22 comments
There are now so many new papers being published that scientists are having a hard time keeping up....
First ever bionic heart doesn't have a beat
Posted 3-12-2015 | 20 comments
Scientists have developed an artificial heart that can pump blood around the body without beating....
NASA tests out world's most powerful rocket
Posted 3-12-2015 | 10 comments
The successful test saw the enormous booster put out a staggering 3.6 million pounds of thrust....
170-year-old shipwreck beer smells like goat
Posted 3-11-2015 | 9 comments
Scientists have analyzed bottles of beer that were discovered in a wreck at the bottom of the ocean....
Google is looking for ways to extend life
Posted 3-10-2015 | 20 comments
Google Ventures president Bill Maris believes that we will soon be able to live to the age of 500....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ