The insignificance of the wunderkomputer

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  1. Zach says:

    “I no longer see any use for the industry that composes music to accompany movies.”

    I’d be shocked if this isn’t already the case to some extent. Doesn’t one of the iMovie consumer-oriented programs make dramatic soundtracks for you?Report

    • David Schaengold in reply to Zach says:

      I suspect so, but they have always sounded canned. That faux-Faure sample, on the other hand, is just as good as what a studio gets by hiring a real live composer.Report

  2. Matthew Schmitz says:

    My guess is that this will bring the way pop and “classical” music are made a little closer.Report

  3. Rufus says:

    I’d imagine this could be good for creating public domain library music, which is what often gets used in low budget movies. A film like Night of the Living Dead, for instance, was entirely scored with generic public domain music.

    I find the second sample very interesting partly because it sounds so wrong- as if someone went home and tried to remember what Bach compositions sound like, but lacking the ability to improvise. I’m not sure I can explain though why it doesn’t work.Report

    • David Schaengold in reply to Rufus says:

      There are a couple things that I noticed, but I’m sure there are more:
      -The theme is a bit vapid and random-sounding. Some of Bach’s more outlandish themes sound random at first, but on repeated listenings their structure and urgency becomes apparent.
      -The tensions created in the fugue are always harmonically resolved, but they don’t seem to add up to anything more. There is some dissonance for a measure or a passing note, then harmony is reasserts. By contrast, in the real Bach inter-voice tensions build and are resolved in a structured, emotional way. Dissonance always foreshadows some future development or recalls some past resolution.Report

  4. Chris Dierkes says:

    I assume this is the thread where I should repeat that I for one welcome our coming (musical?) machine overlords.Report

    • This is definitely the thread where I should post that bit on Bach from David Bentley Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite:

      “Bach is the greatest of Christian theologians, the most inspired witness to the ordo amoris in the fabric of being; not only is there no other composer capable of more freely developing lines or of more elaborate structures of tonal mediation (wheresoever the line goes, Bach is there also), but no one as compellingly demonstrates that the infinite is beauty and that beauty is infinite.”Report