Thankful for my new setup 🙏
La música y la fotografía me mantiene con vida.
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Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin have gone a backwards route in cataloguing all the world’s music. Rather than go out hunting it like any real man would do, they’ve done an algorithm to generate artificial back-up copies of world’s not-quite-infinite potential melodies.
Their singing machine calculated every melody that’s possible to compose using MIDI. Then, its human companions copyrighted the tunes and released them as Creative Commons Zero License. Lucky the robot didn’t catch on to what was happening and hold all the world’s music to copyright ransom before they finished!
The idea was to stop people getting sued for accidentally pinching other people’s melodies (even notorious tune-magpies Coldplay, who have plenty of money to get sued for). “Maybe if these numbers have existed since the beginning of time,” says Riehl, “and we’re just plucking them out, maybe melodies are just math, which is just facts, which is not copyrightable.”
But couldn’t you apply this logic to digital synthesis? Technically it should be possible to synthesize everybody’s voice. And your catalogue would just be zeroes and ones. Mathematically, isn’t everybody’s voice out there in the ocean of maths? Should you be sued for synthesizing Chris Martin’s voice and releasing a Coldplay version of ‘Venus’ under a different band name? Or would prison and hard labour be more appropriate?
art by ANDREW HUANG