Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Autotune, Science, and Creativity

I was just introduced to a very creative project called the Symphony of Science. It uses a technology called Autotune, traditionally used to keep lousy pop singers in key. In real-time it adjusts the pitch of the singer, so what comes out of the speakers is the correct frequency. Technically, it's very challenging to modify the waveform consistently, and in real-time.

Anyway, this particular project takes famous scientists, and puts their speech to music. The music is catchy, and really captures well the philosophies of Carl Sagan and others. It just makes me realize how much I miss Carl Sagan, which then makes me miss Stephen Jay Gould and E.T. Jaynes.

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