Ethan Hein

Music, technology, evolution, pop ephemera.

Posts tagged memes

Oct 8

Will musicians ever be replaced by robots?

Will musicians ever be replaced by robots?

A Quora user asks whether artificial intelligence will ever replace human musicians. TL;DR No.

David Cope and Emily

If music composition and improvisation could be expressed as algorithmic rule sets, then human musicians would have reason for concern. Fortunately, music can’t be completely systematized, much as some music theorists would like to believe it can be. Music is not an internally consistent logical system…

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Jul 6

Internet blues

Recently, WNYC’s great music show Soundcheck held a contest to see who could do the best version of the 100 year old song “Yellow Dog Blues” by WC Handy.

Marc Weidenbaum had the members of the Disquiet Junto enter the contest en masse. I did my track, put it on SoundCloud, and promptly forgot all about it.

A month later, I was surprised and delighted to learn from Marc’s blog that the contest…

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Apr 26

Why is “Let It Go” such a big deal?

Why is “Let It Go” such a big deal?

Anna posed this question, and I think it’s an excellent one: What is up with “Let It Go” and little girls? Why is this song such a blockbuster among the pre-K set? How did it jump the gap from presentational to participatory music? Is it the movie, or the song itself? In case you never interact with pop culture or little kids, this is the tune in question:

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Mar 31

Marc Weidenbaum on remixes

Marc Weidenbaum on remixes

There’s an interview on the Creative Commons blog with Disquiet Junto instigator and Aphex Twin historian Marc Weidenbaum. It’s full of his usual keen insight.

Marc Weidenbaum

Here are some key quotes. (more…)

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Aug 22
Hereditary units in musicAnother thought-provoking Quora question: Are there any hereditary units in music? The question…View Post

Hereditary units in music

Another thought-provoking Quora question: Are there any hereditary units in music? The question…

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Nov 17
The Lick on Flickr.Via Flickr:
See a blog post about this widely used jazz cliche.

The Lick on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
See a blog post about this widely used jazz cliche.


Oct 20

Oct 5
OK on Flickr.

OK on Flickr.



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