Today we'll look at the end of new music, a piece of computer history that's back from the dead, and a quicker way to get at Google Street View. Music all sounds the same these days, right? Check out the video below for all the particulars:. The big machine, originally built back in , has been in storage since , but it was brought back to life at a recent ceremony at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park in the UK. The giant computer, known as the "Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computation from Harwell" WITCH , first went into service in the early s to perform mathematical calculations.
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At some point in our history, will all the possible combinations already have been recorded, leaving us without any new music to compose and to listen to? Is it just a matter of melodic combinations? Is it an issue connected to the format our music comes in? What about variety in lyrics? Digital music, the format we all produce and consume nowadays, is made up of a group of bits that can only be either 0 or 1. The combinations of these zeroes and ones are a lot, but, despite being a huge number, they are finite. If we approach the matter from this point of view we must conclude that, at some point, we will have used all the possible combinations of bits. However, being the number of these combinations higher than the number of atoms forming everything placed on our planet, we can probably relax and not worry too much about this. Check out this great video by VSauce below if you want to dig deeper into that! Even if we approach the matter from a strictly musical point of view, calculating the number of possible melodies we can create within an octave, with all the different intervals and tempos we know of, the number would be extremely big, made up of about 36 digits, but it would, again, be finite.
A finite number of melodies and progressions
Recognizable from commercials and movies, Suite No. Now consider just how many variations are possible from note combinations. In a concert hall easily mistaken for an old barn in rural Woodstock, New York, during the summer of , pianist David Tudor sat down in front of a piano, closed the lid, and remained there in silence for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Studies show that listening to music can reduce stress, increase focus and help improve memory. And they will continue after my death.
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