Stephen Wolfram is a beast, the typical boy genius, Cal Tech partile physics Ph.D. by the age of 20 type of guy. People working in the field of mathematics, often find solace in the infinitely helpful www.wolframalpha.com, a free online computational engine of Wolfram’s creation. Its efficiency makes complete sense when one discovers that Wolfram also wrote the Mathematica software package.
The point of this post is not to describe the man who wrote Mathematica or the 2002 book A New Kind of Science, which is basically a theory of everything, but to share a link to Wolfram Tones. The Wolfram Universe encompasses even the world of musical composition. Algorithmic composition is not a new idea. Many composers have used mathematical methods rooted in statistics to generate completely new musical pieces or pieces in the style of other famous composers. Wolfram Tones is an example of algorithmic composition.
Wolfram Tones creates short musical pieces using the Mathematica software and plays them on your local MIDI engine. The generator hasn’t really created a piece I’ve liked as much as I like the idea, but hopefully one day it would be possible to generate more complicated pieces, like Kesha songs.