Autotune, Science, and Creativity

I was just introduced to a very creative project called the Symphony of Science. It uses a technology called Autotune, traditionally used to keep lousy pop singers in key. In real-time it adjusts the pitch of the singer, so what comes out of the speakers is the correct frequency. Technically, it’s very challenging to modify the waveform consistently, and in real-time.

Anyway, this particular project takes famous scientists, and puts their speech to music. The music is catchy, and really captures well the philosophies of Carl Sagan and others. It just makes me realize how much I miss Carl Sagan, which then makes me miss Stephen Jay Gould and E.T. Jaynes.


About brianblais

I am a professor of Science and Technology at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, and a research professor in the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, Brown University. My research is in computational neuroscience and statistics. I teach physics, meteorology, astonomy, theoretical neuroscience, systems dynamics, artificial intelligence and robotics. My book, "Theory of Cortical Plasticity" (World Scientific, 2004), details a theory of learning and memory in the cortex, and presents the consequences and predictions of the theory. I am an avid python enthusiast, and a Bayesian (a la E. T. Jaynes), and love music.
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