Published on December 26 2005
Surfing around and came across this site, which as far as my mathmatically-challenged brain can figure out, is a site which attempts to discover music in math algorithms. Kinda fun to listen to the sometimes very odd tunes. Especially for somebody who, face it, has trouble balancing the checkbook without a computer. Confession time. When I saw the name "WolframTones", first thing I thought was not of mathmatics and music, but to wonder how a webpage would get music out of a long-dead Irish Republican. Think I've been reading too many history books lately? WolframTones
WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram's computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, with its own special story--and WolframTones captures it as a musical composition. It's all original music--fresh from "mining" Wolfram's computational universe. Sometimes it's reminiscent of familiar musical styles; sometimes it's like nothing ever heard before. But from just the tiniest corner of the computational universe WolframTones can make everyone on Earth their own unique cellphone ringtone. It's a taste of what it's like to explore the computational universe--and a hint what's to come...