August 15, 2003

MIT's Eigenradio - The Future of Radio?

If you missed this interesting post-modernist experiment, you might want to check it out before it dissipates:


From the site:

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.

What's interesting to me is HOW interesting this joke software is to others.

Explains a lot about what our culture has become.

Remakes of remakes of remakes.
Commentaries upon commentaries upon commentaries.

We don't need new things. Just old things mangled into coolness.

It is the shock of the new keeps our culture alive, vital and annoying. As to arguments that nothing is new... You can granularize anything into constituent elements and accuse those elements of not being new. The gestalt, or the effect on the listener is what CAN be new.

We have a lazy culture now. A culture infected by corporate agendae. A culture infected by the symbolic oppression of corporate financial agendae.

Only the artists can save it! Go forth and propagate newness all ye who are able!!!

On with the show...

Posted by jeff at August 15, 2003 11:55 AM