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Comment Re:this is hardly 'new' (Score 2, Interesting) 282

My emotional reaction to the tunes produced by Wolfram's generator is that this is clearly un-musical - sort of an anti-music. As you say, it might be for reasons which can not be captured in language, but the personal experience is just as clear as it could be. On the other hand, some listeners might well perceive this as music although "confuse this with music" seems more appropriate because I think the resemblance is pretty superficial.

This did however suggest a little variation on the celebrated Turing test. Suppose you had two hidden sources of 'music' , one a human synthesizer operator and the other a contrivance like the one on Wolfram's web site. Would it be possible for the human to produce patterns like this which would make his compositions indistinguishable from those produced by the machine? In other words, could a human musician produce long sequences of notes like this without adding in that perceptible "musical" quality (assuming that there is such a thing)?

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