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August 19, 2003

This is bizarre, but strangely compelling:

All those stations, playing all that music, all the time! There's at least 40 different songs being played every week on most radio stations! Who has enough time in the day to listen to them all? That's why we've set up banks of computers to do the listening for us. They know what you really want to hear. They're trading variety for variance.

Eigenradio plays only the most important frequencies, only the beats with the highest entropy. If you took a bunch of music and asked it, "Music, what are you, really?" you'd hear Eigenradio singing back at you. When you're tuned in to Eigenradio, you always know that you're hearing the latest, rawest, most statistically separable thing you can possibly put in your ear.

Those kooky guys at MIT! What's next: optimized television? Actually, the soundscape that this project creates reminded me of the sound design in the opening moments of Contact, as we zoom in on earth from a galactic (universal?) scale.


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