Tuesday, February 08, 2011

DarwinTunes.org and Crowdsourcing

DarwinTunes.org reminds me of my idea for evolving ragtime MIDIs from this blog post Ragtime Music and Crowdsourcing.  But I think both ideas are really just recapping what happens musically around the world, which is that particular musical "memes" are heard by different musicians and thus spread.  So the most successful memes become most prevalent, and less successful ones slowly fade away.

What makes a musical meme successful?  Maybe its ability to be used to invoke particular emotions.  Or maybe it is that it can flexibly invoke different emotions given different contexts (maybe this is where my interest in the  Eastern European modalities comes from)

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