IamA programmer who has crowd-sourced a melody, note by note, from 67,000 participants AMA!
My short bio:
Hi Reddit, I am Brendon, a self-employed (digital nomad) programmer. Over the past 12 months, I ran an experiment which attempted to automatically write a melody, based on the votes of anonymous internet visitors (mostly Redditors).
Starting from 2 given notes, the voter was asked which sequence sounded best, when an extra pitch was added to the end of the sequence:
[Note 1] [Note 2] [A/B/C/D/E/F/G] <- Which sequence sounds best?
The winning vote generated a new note and the crowd then voted on a longer sequence:
[Note 1] [Note 2] [Note 3] [A/B/C/D/E/F/G] <- Which sequence sounds best?
This process continued until the sequence became the length of an entire melody.
My theory was that if this system was extracting and expressing knowledge about what the majority enjoy listening to (at the most granular level)...the crowd should be able to generate their own song (which they also enjoy listening to). So the experiment began.
Anyway, after almost a year, the melody is now complete. The result is here
I recently launched a new experiment to write lyrics for the same song, one word at a time of course :)
Here for the next few hours, to answer any questions you have about the project.
You can follow the project on twitter @crowd_sound
Check the footer of https://crowdsound.net (I refer to this AMA and my reddit username)
Edit: Crazy times. This is now on the front page of Reddit (totally surreal). Consequently, I am trying to keep my server alive at the same time as answering your questions - please bear with me. Thank you everybody for being so interested in this project.
The server is roughly under control now. Thank you for the gold
kind stranger, whoever gave that to me. My second ever Reddit Gold!!
Well, I have been up all night (currently in Sri Lanka) but it has been worth it - I need to get a bit of sleep now. Thank you for your questions. It has been great fun discussing this project with each of you. I will continue this discussion as soon as I wake up.
Alright, I'm back again now. Really appreciate the interest from everybody. I will get through every single question in time.