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."
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