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Will We Ever Run Out of New Music? (Vsauce Video)

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reminds me of the Library of Babel by Borges


The whole universe is "just" a finite library.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Love all the sources

Linked in the video.

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jrd3820's picture


Only need four chords to make a hit song

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

mountaincat's picture

Straight up

He should stick to math. I think he is missing a few variables.
Maybe he needs some harmony.

Did you by any chance see the (1998) film Pi?

I love that movie. It's really intense!!! Almost surreal. I'll put the trailer below. The trailer is good, but I'd say it's edited so as to be a bit misleading. And that's good! It doesn't give away the story/moral of the story. Well, what I thought to be the moral of the story. If I recall, at the time there was some debate over that in our family. :) Anyway, seeing your comment reminded me of the film. I think you'd like it, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo18VIoR2xU

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

mountaincat's picture

Looks very interesting.

It definitely got my attention.
I'll find out if it can keep it.

jrd3820's picture

That was fun

I like that guy. I'm going to check out the 4 chords thing he talks about also.

I noticed that in a way when I was working with kids this past fall. It seemed like every single kids song we learned or sang sounded the same.

'You swear you've heard it before...."


Intersting remarks and statistical findings, thanks for posting

Maybe this is why I like music that pushes the envelope; because it's not "familiar" to me.


Here's the same song scored to King Kong!


Positive stuff.

Here's your positive.

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Could the compression theory be expanded to a karaoke theory?

The compression theory described in the video says that complex songs that are not easy to compress aren't that popular, white noise being the extreme.

Easily compressed songs, the extreme being a single tone, are not popular either.

Popular, familiar, time-tested songs are somewhere in the middle.

Could then:

Karaoke or any sort of covering of a popular song is done well when it is both different and unique from the original, yet also most true to the original?????

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This explains why 'Don't Worry Be Happy' is the same melody as..

'What's Up?' by 4 Non Blondes,

'Blueberry Hill' by Fats Domino is 'On Top of Old Smokey,' and my personal favorite:

'Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off' by Joe Nichols is Bob Seger's 'You'll Accomp'ny Me.'


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What about...

The theme from 'Green Acres' and 'Purple Haze'?