Darwin’s Music

There has been a long standing theory that language and music evolve through a Darwinian style of natural selection. Imperial College of London has now proven that theory. A program has been developed that allows music to evolve through natural selection, without the benefit of a composer or DJ. It appears as though the music doesn’t just have to be designed by a composer, nor does it have to evolve merely through tradition, being handed from one person to the next. The algorithm maintains 100 eight second loops of music and has been dubbed DarwinTunes. Dual loops can also be downloaded for ringtones. “Every time someone downloads one track rather than another they are exercising a choice, and a million choices are a million creative acts. After all, that’s how natural selection created all of life on earth, and if blind variation and selection can do that, then we reckoned it should be able to make a pop tune.

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